Seasonal baking is the theme this month with the #CreativeCookieExchange, and as spring has arrived, with it comes favorite flavors and foods ideal for baking. I’ve noticed beautiful strawberries in the produce section in recent weeks. Yes, of course, you can find berries nearly all year long at the grocery store but not all strawberries are created equal. December strawberries often don’t compare in quality to spring and summer berries. I made a quick jam with strawberries, although you could add any type of berry to your jam– blueberries and raspberries would work nicely too. The freshly made jam then joined these buttery thumbprint cookies for a tasty bite.
Recipe source for the cookies can be found here from the Food Network.
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
- 2/3 cup sugar, plus more for rolling
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup raspberry, cherry or strawberry jam
- 2 cups of berries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Puree berries (add a few tablespoons of water if necessary). Add berries, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir continuously as the mixture bubbles for about 3-4 minutes. Mixture will thicken slightly and darken in color. Set aside and cool. Store in the refrigerator.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two baking pans with parchment.
- Gently whisk the dry ingredients in a small bowl: flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until well combined. The mixture will lighten in color and will look fluffy. Add the egg and the vanilla.
- On low speed add the dry ingredients. Only mix until just barely combined.
- Make 1-inch balls of dough then roll them in sugar to coat. Place on your prepared baking sheet. Lightly press into the middle of the balls of dough to make space for the jam. Make sure your edges are high enough compared to your indentation so that the jam will stay in the middle while baking. Add a small amount of jam to each cookie.
- Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes.
Check out more recipes made with spring flavors in mind:
- Chocolate Chocolate Cherry Cookies from 2 Cookin’ Mamas
- Jam Thumbprint Cookies from A Baker’s House
- Lavender Shortbread with Lemon Drizzle from Baking in Pyjamas
- Lemon and Cream Cookies from Basic N Delicious
- Lychee Melting Moments from Flours and Frostings
- Rhubarb Dream Bars… Trifle from The Spiced Life
- Rhubarb Lemon Drop Cookies from A Shaggy Dough Story
- Sticky Mango Shortbread Bars from All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Strawberry Cheesecake Bars from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Tart Cherry Oatmeal Cookies from Magnolia Days