23 February 2014

boysenberry jam thumbprints

I made some cookies. Last weekend to be honest. I found a recipe which I had all the ingredients for, or ones that were similar enough that I could substitute in what I had. They came out nice. The cookie is very buttery and crumbly, the nuts add a nice crunch and the jam bakes into a sweet sticky center. Use any type of nuts or jam combo you want.

Boysenberry jam thumbprints
Adapted from a better homes recipe.

2 1/2 cups (312g) AP flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup (114g) soft butter
3/4 cup (150g) brown sugar, packed
1 egg
2 cups (240g) walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup (150g) boysenberry jam

Oven 350. 
Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, beat brown sugar and butter until very light and fluffy. Add in egg.
Slowly add in dry mix until just combined.
Using a small cookie or ice cream scoop, scoop out all dough. Roll into balls and then coat all in walnuts.
Place on a lined cookie sheet and make an indentation with your thumb in the center.
Fill centers with jam.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until edges are just golden brown.
Let cool on a rack, completely.

Makes about 2 dozen depending on scoop size.

In 4 days I'll be driving down to my parents house, dropping off Christmas, then heading to the airport. I'm going to LA for a long weekend. I'm staying with a friend who I haven't seen in over a year and get to explore the city. You would think living in Northern California, I would have been to LA before. But I never have. It was always that city full of traffic and smog that we drove through to get to San Diego. I'm excited for a break from work and to see a new city. LA seems like one of those cities that you either love or hate. I don't really know what I'm going to do there. If anyone has any last minute recommendations please send them my way. I was looking up a few things online to do and I came across one really random thing that intrigued me. The museum of death. Filled with letters, artwork and photos of serial killers and such. I told my coworker about it and she looked at me like I was insane. Yes it does seem like a really weird place to go. But such a weird once in a life time crazy experience too. Mind blowing craziness. Or maybe I just have been watching too much Dexter lately. 


Kezia said...

These look like they would be so moreish! And they are super cute too:) The museum of death sounds darkly fascinating - I would definitely go if I had the chance!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

These look so unbelievably good! Love this recipe!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

These are gorgeous! Just pinned.

Anonymous said...

These cookies look divine. I have fond memories of thumbprint cookies from a family holiday back to Tasmania when I was a very little girl. Enjoy your trip to Los Angeles; it has long been one of my favourite cities.

Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) said...

I adore a good rustic/homely cookie. These look beautiful!

J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats said...

Love your style of photography with the slightly washed out colors. Makes everything look dreamy especially those Hearst Castle pictures. Had to comment on this post because my cat always does the same thing when I am trying to photograph food.
Glad to have found this blog :)

Laura Dembowski said...

The cookies look great! Have fun in LA! I actually would really like to go there and I think even live there.

Ariel said...

I made some of these yesterday! I was yearning to do some baking so I made them and they turned out so yummy. I used self raising flour instead of baking powder and plain flour. Also I left out the nuts because I didn't have any. I ended up using about a teaspoon of cinnamon too accidentally.

They are so delicious, sort of cakey and remind me, the cinnamon makes them so warm tasting, like thinking of sitting in front of the fire with a cup of tea.

Thanks so much for this recipe, it's going to be my go to biscuit recipe now.

Anonymous said...

Those look really yummy!