While the Secret Recipe Club is done for this year, an offer came out that I couldn't refuse.
You remember the Secret Recipe Club, right? The group where I'm given a blog to stalk and make something so we can all reveal at the same time? It's a great way to meet new people and make some delicious recipes!
When someone suggested that we have a virtual cookie exchange along the same lines amongst all members of the group who were interested, I signed up. And that's how I became involved in the SRC Cookie Carnival.
I was excited to see who my partner would be! Much like my reveal earlier this month, I returned to an old friend. The email with my partner sent me to Anna's blog, Cheese with Noodles. Back in June, I made Anna's Dreamy Baked Ziti for a Reveal Day. I was excited to have another look and find a cookie recipe to try.
I considered a couple of the sandwich cookie recipes before deciding on these thumbprint cookies. I'd never made thumbprints, but the premise seemed simple enough, and I could use my strawberry jam that I made this summer! Shortbread and jam...how could that possibly be bad?
I present to you now Cheese with Noodles' Strawberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies:
Ingredients:From Cheese with Noodles
1 c butter, softened
2/3 c sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 c flour
1/2 c strawberry jam
1/2 c sanding sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350F, and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter, sugar and extract. Stir in flour, being careful to not over mix.
3. Roll dough into 1-1/2" balls, roll in the sanding sugar, and place 2" apart on the baking sheets. Carefully make a large thumbprint in the middle of each cookie (not too large!) and fill with jam. Bake 15-20 minutes, until the cookies are golden. Let cool completely before removing to a cooling rack.