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Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Seriously, THANK GOODNESS!!! It's about time! I mean, really. Spring is finally here!
And, ps, Mother Nature, these last 4 months have been NOT COOL! Well, they have in fact been too cool, but you know what we mean. There were times in January when we thought Mother Nature was punking us. After 80" of snow fall and almost 4' on the ground for months we were totally looking around for the hidden camera. Is someone filming us?!?! Is Mother Nature just trying to see how far she can go before we crack? Ha ha, Mother Nature. Time to end the joke. Ok? We get it. 
Well, Mother Nature wasn't super speedy on that front, but at last she has ended this cold-weather torture! And, what better way to welcome the budding season than with little nests?
Well, not actual little nests (um, ew) but delicious cookies filled with jam that just resemble bird homes but, in fact, taste like Spring-time sweetness.  And, just in time for Easter! You know, chicks and bunnies and Easter baskets with that grassy green plastic nest stuff? Hence the nest-like appearance. Anyone? 
Ok, well it's an Ina recipe. Does that get your attention?
Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Makes 30-ish little nests
Adapted from Ina Garten
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
Seedless Raspberry and Apricot jams (or any kind of jam you choose)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In an a Kitchen Aid mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until they are just combined and then add the vanilla extract. Separately, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. If the dough looks downy rather than sticky, it's because the butter wasn't quite room temperature-y enough. Fear not. Add a wee bit of hot water until the dough comes together. Then, dump on a floured board and roll together into a flat disk (this will also warm up the butter and soften the dough causing it to come together better). Wrap dough disc in plastic and chill for 30 minutes. 

Roll all the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls first. Then, dip each ball into the egg wash and then roll it in coconut. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and press a deep indentation into the top of each with your fingers. Generously fill each indentation with jam of your choice. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the coconut is a golden brown. Cool and serve.

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Reader Comments (6)

Jam thumbprints are so cute and tasty! The coconut flakes sound like a delightful addition!

These are so cute! And I'm glad the cold weather is over too!

those look perfect for spring! and anything from Ina is always a good thing :)

April 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

These are gorgeous! I make similar ones every year for Christmas...they are a staple in my family baking :) I roll mine in chopped walnuts and fill with raspberry jam...perfection!

Oh yum! I haven't made thumbprint cookies since Christmas --- Easter is a perfect excuse to make some more!

April 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea @ Vegvacious

I love that you add the coconut! Lots of extra texture and deliciousness!

April 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie@Cozydelicious

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