Swedish Thumbprint Cookies
 
 
these very pretty (and easy) cookies are some that i've enjoyed since 
i was very small. i grew up in a scandinavian neighborhood, and our 
next door neighbor always gifted us with a plate of these cookies at 
christmas time. you can vary their look by using a variety of 
different jams and nuts. the jam centers give a jewel-like appearance. 
 
makes about 4 dozen (or less, depending on size) 
 
1/2 lb.  (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup  granulated cane sugar
1   extra large egg yolk
1 tsp  pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp  light cream
2-1/4 cup  unbleached flour
pinch  of rumford's baking powder
1/2 cup  finely chopped walnuts (or choose pecans or pistachios)
1   extra large egg white
 
preheat oven to 325 degrees f. have butter and eggs at room 
temperature. 
cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. add egg yolk, 
vanilla and cream. stir in flour and baking powder. 
place unbeaten egg white in a saucer. roll small pieces of dough 
into small balls about the size of a nickel. dip into egg white and 
then in the chopped nuts. place on foil-lined cookie sheet, about 1 
1/2 inches apart. make an indentation in the center of each ball with 
your thumb. 
bake for 5 minutes in 325 degrees f. oven. check and re-dent if 
necessary. add a small amount of really good preserves in the flavor 
of your choice (or a hershey's kiss) in the thumbprint. continue 
baking for 15 minutes longer. 
cool on wire racks, and try to stay out of them! 
 
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(ID: 9072) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Thu, Jan 15, 2004


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