{Holiday Recipe #3: Exotic Jam Thumbprints}

A popular cookie that makes its appearance during the holiday season is the classic thumbprint cookie. It’s basically a buttery shortbread cookie with an indented well in the centre that is typically filled with a jam. 

This year, I’m adding my own twist by filling them with exotic flavoured jams and packaging them up in a in a trio sampler in my gift baskets.

The flavours I made were (clockwise from the left):

  • Confit of Rose Petals with black pepper
  • Passionfruit  jam with lime zest
  • Coconut jam with Chinese 5 spice
The recipe couldn’t be simpler..Just combine a 1 cup of butter, 2/3 cup of sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla extract  in a bowl and beat on medium speed till pale and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low and add in 2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour in 1/2 cup increments till combined (making sure to scrape the bowl down the sides).
Split the dough into three bowls and add the individual flavourings (1/2 tsp chinese 5 spice to bowl 1, 1 tsp grated lime zest to bowl 2 and 1/2 tsp ground black pepper to bowl 3).  Stir to distribute the flavourings, then cover each bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Scoop the dough with a teaspoon and roll them into 1 inch balls. Make an indent in the center with your thumb and fill with 1/4 tsp of your jam of choice. Place the cookies 2″ apart on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 14-18 minutes till the edges are golden. Let stand for 1 minute on baking sheet, then remove to wire cooling rack. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container or package them up pretty and give them away as gifts 🙂
Easy peasy. Bon appetit!
Here are links to where you can find the jams I used:
  • Hey Boo Coconut Jam (San Francisco) – made in small batches with all natural ingredients. Just coconut milk, eggs and sugar, no additives or preservatives. My favourite way to enjoy this…with a spoon..
  • L’Epicurean Confit of Rose Petals (France) – a beautifully floral mix of rose petals, cane sugar and pectin. Also great on toast with a cup of tea, in crepes, accompaniment to cheeses or on vanilla ice cream.
  • Honomu Passionfruit Jam (Hawaii) – also great on buttered toast, as a topping for cheesecake or a glaze on a fruit tart.
4 Responses to “{Holiday Recipe #3: Exotic Jam Thumbprints}”
  1. Eggton says:

    I love the idea of passionfruit jam! Lovely.

  2. Mallory says:

    Yum! Shortbread is such a good canvas for carrying other flavours!

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