I have always loved to bake. My sister, cousin, and I would spend holidays with my grandmother, and she would always bake up something yummy with us in the kitchen. I specifically remember spending several spring breaks with her, baking Easter treats. One kitchen rule that she taught us was that the end result can only be as good as the ingredients used in the recipe. As I’ve grown older, I have learned how true this is.
Thumprint Cookies are an excellent treat to make over spring break. They consist of a traditional sugar cookie recipe paired with your favorite jam variety. The kids love to help out by making their thumbprint in the cookie, and, since it is a simple recipe, the kids can help from start to finish. If you have multiple kids who each enjoy a different type of jam, the cookie can be customized for individual preferences. We made these blackberry flavor today because it is my and one of my son’s favorite flavors.
- Blackberry jam
- 2 sticks unsalted butter that are at room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt, fine
- 1 large egg (any kind are fine, but I always like using cage-free)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached White Flour
With an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugar. It should form non-clumpy consistency. From this point, add the egg, salt, baking soda, and vanilla and mix until all the ingredients are equal throughout the dough.
Gradually add the flour into the mixture in 1/4 cup increments. This will help the flour incorporate through the dough better and will help keep your work surface clean.
Be sure to stop the electric mixer a few times and scrape down the sides of the bowl so that all of the flour is mixed thoroughly with the dough.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour and a half.
When ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick olive oil cooking spray or apply parchment paper to the baking sheet. I did two baking sheets, one each way, and both sets of cookies turned out the same.
Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and roll into rounds. Place on the baking sheets approximately two inches a part.
Have the kids wash their hands and press their thumbs into the center of the dough, creating an indention for the jam.
Place jam in each well.
Bake until the edges of the cookies begin to turn brown. I typically check mine after 10 minutes, and then every two minutes after that until they are done.
Do you have any treats that you remember making from childhood or that you make now with your kids? Another Easter favorite of mine is Hot Cross Buns and Resurrection Rolls.