Valentine’s Day is this month and this very easy Cherry Thumbprint cookie can be filled with chocolate or your valentine’s favorite jam.
February is Cherry Month according to the Gourmet Fury National Food Holidays Calendar.
It’s also George Washington’s birthday this month and he couldn’t tell a lie when asked if he chopped down the cherry tree.
I don’t know if these two facts had anything to do with February being Cherry Month, but I’m going with it for my Cherry Thumbprint Cookies.
Thumbprint cookies are relatively easy to make and you can actually add any kind of jelly, jam or candy to sit in the thumbprint. This makes for a very special treat for everyone.
I saw this recipe from Lucky Leaf in a magazine which was actually called cherry pie cookies. Since I did not use cherry pie filling I’m calling this a cherry thumbprint cookie.
Using shortening in this recipe makes the dough rather soft and the cookies spread quite a bit. You might want to chill the dough for 30 minutes which might keep them from spreading too much – I was short on time and didn’t have a chance to chill the dough.
The cookies came out a little larger than usual, they were about a 2 inch cookie. They were delicious but a little sweet. Next time I will reduce the powdered sugar to a half cup rather than three quarters of a cup.
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup shortening
- 2 cups AP flour
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ⅔ cup cherry jam
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- In a medium size bowl mix the butter and shortening until fluffy - approximately 2-4 minutes. Add in the flour, powdered sugar and vanilla and mix just until everything is well combined. Do not overmix.
- Scoop the dough into 2 inch balls on prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Press thumb into center of dough ball and add jam into the indentation.
- Bake 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
- Let cookies cool on baking sheet.
- Melt chocolate chips in microwave at 20 second intervals. Stir until chips are all melted. Drizzle over the cooled cookies.
I’m sharing this recipe with the #FillTheCookieJar group this month.
On the first Thursday of each month the #FillTheCookieJar group share our cookie creations. If you enjoy baking and would like to bake with the group each month contact Cynthia at Feeding Big.