The Twelve Days of Cookies!
From December 1-12th I’ll post a new cookie (or holiday treat) recipe every day – inspiration for your holiday entertaining or cookie exchanges!
The recipes I’m sharing are small batch (each recipe makes 1-dozen) that are simple to prepare and that use everyday ingredients and equipment (hint, a small loaf tin and electric hand beaters are your friends!) so hopefully you’ll be able to whip up any of these on a whim.
For today’s recipe, I went way back to a childhood favourite – both for eating and making – jam drops (aka “thumbprint cookies” if you’re not from Australia!). I remember making these with mum when i was little and my favourite part (apart from the eating) was pressing my thumb into the middle of the soft cookie dough to make room for the spoonful of jam. These cookies are so pretty, especially if you use different jams – they have always kind of reminded me of Christmas baubles…
When I came back to this recipe after many years of not making it, I figured it would be easy but it took me a few tries to get it right (including making them with my aftercare crew at school a couple of times!).
The dough is a soft dough but it hardens quickly if you leave it before you roll and/ or press your thumb in which makes for “cracky” cookies which is fine but not maybe the look you are after so I made it a number of times to make sure I could figure out how to avoid that. In the picture above some of those cracks led to rivers of jam on the baking tray – not a catastrophe but also not ideal!
This is another easy recipe using only a handful of ingredients and simple equipment that is so easy the kids can make this on their own. Just make sure they follow the instructions for the quantity of jam to use – they will think it’s too little but in reality, it’s just enough to fill those indentations without overflowing. And hey, use the best quality butter you can – with so few ingredients, it will really make a difference!
Check out the rest of the:
The Twelve Days of Cookies
Day 2: Jam Drops
Day 3: Chocolate Caramel Slice
Day 4: Melting Moments
Day 5: White Christmas
Day 6: Langues de Chat
Day 7: Chocolate Coconut Slice
Day 8: Cornflake Biscuits
Day 9: Rocky Road
Day 10: Honey Joys
Day 11: Rum Ball Truffles
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