So here, thanks to Mike, I present you with my first batch of Thumbprints. OK, I’ve had two thumbprints all my life, but if those ones ever get me caught red-handed, these ones just might help me get out of trouble!
Not only are they cookies cuties, they are tasty too. They have a crumbly shortbread texture that melts in your mouth. Make them bite-sized and they won’t be messy. Only because I have a bag of almond flour in the fridge, I used ground almonds instead of hazelnuts. Some I filled with strawberry-raspberry jam and others with blueberry-cherry.
Melt is right – these were a huge hit at work – noteably for the cookie. Definitely a make-again “print” cookie. These look fantastic with the jam filling – something I will have to try next time. That dusting of sugar finishes them off so nicely!
I bought it that way…the one I used here is from Trader Joe’s. It contains the skins, so you see pretty little flecks throughout. It’s fairly soft, but not quite as fine as another brand I have that is made from blanched almonds (no skins). I’d say I tasted the almond extract in the recipe more than the almonds themselves, but they do have a more neutral flavor than hazelnuts.
I used almond meal too! I honestly haven’t read a blog today yet that used the hazelnuts. HA HA. But I promise I looked for them. I just couldn’t find them anywhere! Your cookies look great. And I’m glad someone had more restraint with the powdered sugar than I did. :P