Sunday, October 5, 2014

Thumbprint "Butter" Cookies ...... also can become Other Cookies*

Okay, folks, this is a cookie recipe I'm tempted to keep a secret because it is so absolutely good that I'd like people to think I'm a wondrous baker when I serve them to family and friends.

But, I'm going to share the recipe with you and after you make these you can bask in the compliments you'll get from your friends.  If you're feeling generous, then pass the recipe on to others.

You'll notice that I'm calling these "Butter" cookies...but there is no butter in the cookies.  Instead, I've used Joe and Son's Butter Infused Olive Oil.  It's healthier than butter and I like the texture and flavor it gives the cookies.


Thumbprint “Butter” Cookies

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup sugar

1 large egg yolk

1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup Joe and Son’s Butter Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Strawberry Fig Jam*

Lemon Curd*

* Both can be purchased at Joe and Sons Olive Oils


In a large mixing bowl, combine the Butter Infused Olive Oil and sugar; beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the vanilla and egg yolk and continue beating. . Add the flour and salt and beat until well combined

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll the dough into 1” balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet about 1 ½ inches apart.

Make a small, shallow indentation in the center of each cookie and fill with a small amount of jam or curd.

Chill the cookie balls on the baking sheet for about 10-15 minutes before placing in the pre-heated oven.

Bake for 13 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies and the recipe may be doubled.
* Here's a way to convert this recipe to a different cookie.

Substitute Almond extract for the Vanilla extract.
Eliminate the lemon curd and strawberry jam.
Roll the raw cookie ball in granulated sugar before baking.
Top each cookie with pieces of chopped almonds before baking, if desired.

Also, substituting 1/2 of the Butter Oil with Joe and Son's Rosemary Oil will give you a sweet, savory cookie. I filled the thumb print with a pepper jelly and it was really good.

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