Friday, November 07, 2014

Staff Holiday Recipes - Thumbprint Cookies

Happy Holidays! One of the best parts of this magical time of the year is the festive food we enjoy at family gatherings and on cold winter nights throughout the season. Through the holidays will be sharing some of our staff’s favorite recipes and we encourage you to try them yourself! Of course a lot of the time these kinds of dishes are tied to a tradition or memory so the staff may also reflect on what their choice means to them or why it is their favorite. Have fun trying out the staff’s favorite recipes and for more seasonal meals and treats check out one of the library’s many holiday cookbooks!
Our first recipe is from Kyla Waltermire. Kyla's recipe is for a delicious seasonal staple, Thumbprint Cookies.

Thumbprint Cookies

1 1/2 cups butter or margarine (room temperature)

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 to 1/4 cup water (as needed)

Your favorite jam/preserves (I prefer apricot and raspberry)

Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter/margarine, sugar, and vanilla extract. It helps to have the butter at room temperature and add it in gradually. Add in the flour, salt, and water, adding water a little at a time until the mixture just barely sticks together. Roll the dough into small balls approximately the size of a walnut. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and press the tip of your thumb into them to form indents. Add the jam to the indents. Bake at 350 degrees for about 6-10 minutes. Allow to cool before eating (it doesn't take long--almost instant gratification). Makes about 4-6 dozen, depending on the size of the cookies. Bonus: these freeze and rethaw very well!

Recipe: Kyla Waltermire, Adult Services Librarian
Posted by Terry Pierson, Library Clerk