This article was published on December 8th, 2018
With the halls beginning to be decked with boughs of holly, it’s time for some festive baking! December makes people think and breath Christmas. Christmas lights begin being put up on houses. Shopping for the holidays is in full swing, as the malls get more and more packed. Businesses host holiday parties. Everywhere you look, it’s Christmas.
Christmas is a massive worldwide celebration. Whether you want to be politically correct and call it the Holidays or not, the month of December is filled with craziness. So much to do, so many places to go, and so many people to see.
If you are someone who goes to many parties, or host the parties in your own home, you’ll need plenty of snacks and food. Baking is the best way to win the hearts and stomachs through the holiday season.
Baking for the holidays is a lot of fun. Unlike cooking, there are many ways to decorate baked goods. Whether you bake in Christmas shape themes, or use the traditional red and green colours, the choices are endless. The events that seem to keep popping up also seem endless.
Trying to decide on what to make and bring to your events can be difficult. Here is a simple and delicious recipe for Thumbprint Cookies. This is a recipe that will ease your mind when trying to make something for a Christmas event. Never again will you stress over not having time to bake or cook something to contribute.
What You Need:
- 1 Cup Butter (Soft)
- 2/3 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 Cups Flour
- Jam (choose your flavour)
- Fresh Cut Fruit (Optional)
- Melted Chocolate or Icing Drizzle (Optional)
Once you have your five simple ingredients ready, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, add the butter, sugar, and vanilla. Using a fork, cream them all together until it becomes smooth. You will want to add the flour a bit at a time. It is preferable to add 1/2 cup at a time while mixing. Once all the flour is added, mix well.
Cover your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Use a teaspoon to spoon out the cookie mix. Roll into one inch balls, and place on your parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Keep a one inch space between each cookie. Use your thumb and make an indent in the centre of each cookie. Do it slowly as the cookie will crack. Don’t worry, because it is supposed to do that.
Once your indents are formed, use whichever flavour of jam you want. Spoon some into each indent, and then bake the cookies for 15 minutes.
If you would like to include fresh fruits on your cookies, decide what kind you think would taste delicious. It is suggested to match your jam to whatever kind of fruit you use. For instance, if you use pineapple jam, cut up fresh pineapple to place on top of the cooked jam centres. You may also use a different type of fresh fruit that would pair well with pineapple such as a strawberry slice.
Once your cookies are baked, another thing that you can add to them is a drizzle. If you are just wanting an easy and simple cookie, you don’t have to add fresh fruits nor drizzle. If you want to impress your guests or even yourself, you can melt some chocolate and use that for over top of your cookies. Chocolate pairs really well with fruits, especially strawberries. A simple vanilla icing is also a good pairing with basically everything.
For such an easy recipe, there are many different ways to make these cookies. Such a delicious dessert, and so many variations. What will you choose to do this holiday season?
Santa will be excited to slide down your chimney this Christmas and sample these thumbprint cookies you’ve left out for him. These thumbprint cookies will definitely get you on the “nice” list of the holly jolly silver bear.