December 24, 2015

Thumbprint cookies with caramel and fig

Thumbprint cookies

I am an amateur when it comes to baking cookies. I probably have made it before once or twice (Diwali cookies included), really an amateur.

So when I received invitations for cookie exchanges this year, I was worried. I needed a basic recipe and when I asked a friend, she mentioned thumbprint cookies. "They're easy to make and you can put anything in the middle."

That was exciting. Instead of traditional jam, I chose to put caramel and fig jam in the cookies. I bought ready made caramel, but made the jam at home.

I did leave some plain for the kids and they chose to fill their cookies with chocolate and jam.

So if you are looking for a last minute recipe for the holidays, look no further.

For cookies:
1 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 tspoon baking powder
1/2 tspoon salt
1 egg
1 tspoon vanilla extract
3 tbspoon chocolate chips

For fig jam:
1 small box of figs (I got mine at Whole Foods and it had about 10-12)
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup water

Preheat the oven to 350 deg F.

Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt together.

Beat the butter and sugar together till it turns fluffy about 4-5 minutes scrapping the sides occasionally.

Thumbprint cookiesThen add the egg and vanilla extract and mix again.

Once it's mixed add in the flour in a couple of batches.

At this point I divided the dough in two batches eyeballing it mostly. Then melt the chocolate in the microwave, heating for 30 seconds at a time till it all melts. Add a tspoon of water if needed.

Add the melted chocolate to one batch and mix again till it is incorporated well.

Line 2 sheets with parchment paper and add the cookies dough in small balls on the sheet. Make a deep thumbprint in the middle and let it bake for 15-20 minutes.

If needed, about halfway through, take the cookies out, redo the thumbprints with a small spoon and finish baking till they are golden around the edges.

Transfer them to a wire rack and cool before adding the filling.
Thumbprint cookies

For fig jam:
Cook the fig with all the ingredients on low heat till it becomes a thick jam consistency about 20-25 minutes.

Add the caramel and fig in the middle. I added caramel on vanilla cookies and fig on chocolate cookies.

They are ready to serve.

Enjoy and have a safe and happy holiday season.


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