I wish I was creative enough to craft a really great post about a good cookie. Because that is what these are: a good cookie. A cookie you have had before. A cookie you have probably made before. A quintessential side of the teacup cookie. No one in my world has ever broken-up-with-a-boyfriend/gotten-rejected-from-their-top-choice-school/endured-an-ugly-smackdown-at-work and recovered by diving into a vat of thumbprint dough. Thumbprints are the cookies you eat at showers or nibble off the holiday cookie tray. You look up with alarm when you realize you have mindlessly eaten six of them in as many minutes, but you don’t wake up the Wednesday after the shower wishing you had stuffed a napkin full of them in your purse for later consumption.
They are the grapes of the cookie world. I like grapes. I am happy when they appear in my fruit salad and I have certainly snacked on my fair share. I have never once walked into the grocery store with a craving for grapes.
Dorie’s thumbprints have a little twist: they include ground hazelnuts and a dusting of confectioner’s sugar. Despite my general aversion to nuts* I went with the hazelnuts. I like Nutella so how bad they could be, right? Frankly, they were fine. I am not sure I liked them any more or less with that addition. The sugar, however, was an inspired addition.
I made a half batch total. I cooked one cookie sheet right away and filled them with apricot jam. I chilled the other half for a couple of hours and filled those with some leftover “special” chocolate frosting (it is made with tofu! Don’t tell the kids). The first batch was better. The unchilled dough was easier to shape and I preferred the jam filling. The kids and I had a slumber party at Patty’s (the grandma) on Saturday where she developed a deep affection for the chocolate filled ones. Degustibus, right?
Bottom line: good cookie – will likely make repeat appearance next December and foisted on family and friends in the name of merriment.
Next week: soft chocolate and raspberry tart. The title alone is music to my ears.
* I have discovered as of late that I like almonds. But not in my baked goods. I am such a six year old.