I signed up to help with the high school homecoming tailgate and of course I volunteered to bake cookies. Wanting to support the home team in their blue and gold, I came up with thumbprint cookies filled with blue and gold jam. While I prefer raspberry jam in my thumbprints, I went with blueberry and peach flavors. Go Team.
Game Day Thumbprint Cookies
- 1/2 C. unsalted softened butter
- 3 T sugar
- 3/4 tsp. vanilla
- Generous pinch of salt
- 1 C. all purpose flour
- 2-3 T team colored preserves
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Beat together butter, sugar, vanilla and salt in medium bowl until mixture is light and fluffy.
- Add the flour and slowly mix just until it’s blended and the dough is smooth.
- Roll about a teaspoon on dough in your hand and place on an un-greased cookie sheet.
- While the dough is in your palm, press down your thumb to create an indent in the center (option to do this with the cookie on the pan, but I was worried that it would stick the cookie to the pan. Probably not something to worry about so do what is easiest).
- Fill the cookies with preserves of choice
- Bake for 10 minutes until cookie is just beginning to brown. Cool and take to the game.
- These cookies really need the jam to sweeten them up. My son likes them better when the indent in the center leaves very little edge on the cookie (he’s prefer a saucer shape indent rather than a cereal bowl shape — slanted edges with very little rim). If you do this, there is jam on almost all of the cookie which my taste tester says is better!
- This is a pretty small batch so I usually end up doubling it.
- Electric beaters or a mix-master is helpful but not required. Just make sure the sugar is as dissolved as you can get it and the dough (before the flour) is added is fluffy.
- The jam does not usually overflow so feel free to fill the indent to the rim. This is what my unbaked cookies looked like:
Thanks to William-Sonoma Kitchen Library for Kids Cookies: Scrumptious Cookies for Bakers 9 to 13 published in 1998. I’ve baked many of the cookies and bars in this book – sometimes with my kids, and sometimes just because I’m in a hurry and these recipes are simple but taste great.
A tray ready for baking: