Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Thumbprint Cookies with Hazelnuts and Italian Plum Lavender Jam
I have never cared too much for thumbprint cookies. They're always too dry, or too bland, or too sweet, or too something else that doesn't sit well with me. They remind me of mediocre holiday cookie platters and bake sales. Lately though- I've had this weird craving for them. I hadn't bothered to look up a recipe or really put much more thought into it, thinking that it would end up just being a waste of my time.
I don't personally participate or follow Tuesdays with Dorie based around the book Baking: From My Home to Yours, although I read a lot of blogs by people that do. I saw this post on The Way the Cookie Crumbles and I knew right then and there that this recipe was meant to be.
I made mine using a jar of Italian plum and lavender jam that I made last summer, and aside from adding a touch of salt, as well as only using vanilla extract (instead of almond)- I didn't change anything else. They turned out so wonderfully that I haven't been able to stop thinking about them- despite the fact that I've eaten about 300 in the past two days. The recipe is here if you're interested. They are full of hazelnuts and butter, and are so simple and so delicious.
I do love you thumbprint cookies. I'm sorry about all of those bad things I said before.