Cookies & Bars

Polly Want a Cookie

Chocolate Strawberry Thumbprints-Duo Dishes

We happened upon a weekend where we knew we wanted to make something, but we didn’t want to run out and buy any crazy ingredients.  As usual, we were being our typical recession ready selves.  Funny how a thin wallet can be the impetus for creativity!  We had a few lone items–strawberries, almonds, port wine, bittersweet chocolate–that would be perfect for a dessert.  A dessert like a cookie perhaps.  The real reason we settled on cookies was due to a pound of Plugra in the fridge.  Yes, the European-esque butter.  Plugra for a cookie?  Super.  Plugra for a cookie that involves strawberries, almonds, port wine and bittersweet chocolate?  Super excellent.

The world of the thumbprint is not new to us in theory.  We’ve heard of them, we’ve seen them, perhaps we’ve even had a few.  But we’d never made them.  We took a basic buttery cookie recipe and brewed our own favorite version of a strawberry wine jelly that we’ve made many, many times before.  Of course, you could use any fruit–raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.  We made these cookies with fresh berries frozen from the end of summer, so they were still naturally sweet.  Now that we’re in the fall season, you could use frozen berries of course.

Chocolate & Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies – 1 1/2 dozen

Cookies (inspired by Joy of Cooking)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, separated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup almonds, toasted and chopped

8-10 large strawberries, destemmed and quartered
1 1/2 cups port wine
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup sugar

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1.  Start cookie dough by creaming butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy, approximately 5 minutes.  Add egg yolk and vanilla, mixing well.

2.  In a separate bowl, whisk flour and salt.  Add to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.  Cover and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

3.  Pour wine into a shallow pan and add strawberries.  Stir in lemon juice and wine.  Cook on medium high heat until thickened, approximately 8-10 minutes.  (As fruit cooks down, mash berries with a fork or spatula to speed up the process.)   Remove from heat.  When cool enough, transfer jelly to a small bowl, cover and set in the fridge.

4.   Once dough is ready, pour egg white into a cup or small bowl and whisk until frothy.  Pour nuts onto a plate or wax paper.   Make balls of dough and dunk in egg white followed by a roll in the nuts.

5.  Lay dough on parchment paper covered baking sheets and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.  Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until bottoms turn golden brown.  Remove from oven and immediately press a hole in each cookie with your finger (if you have asbestos hands!), the back of a spoon, etc. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

6.  As cookies cool, put chopped chocolate into a heat resistant bowl and set over a small pot of simmering water.  Stir chocolate slightly until it’s completely melted and smooth.  Remove from heat and scrape into a piping bag or plastic baggie with the tip cut off.

7. Drop a dollop of jam into the center of each cookie, making sure to fill them completely.  Once all of the cookies have been filled, drizzle them with chocolate.  (These cookies taste great warm and even better once they’ve had a chance to cool completely and set.)

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


36 thoughts on “Polly Want a Cookie

  1. These look amazing! I’ve never made thumbprint cookies before, but I’m going to make these this weekend. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

    Congrats to you too on the foodbuzz nomination! You got my vote as well 🙂

  2. cookies cookies and more cookies 🙂 i shud try this cookie for my kids and for my self too 😉 hehe. love to have some during tea time 🙂

  3. You are so good at improvising! The jelly sounds divine with the port wine flavoring. I’m imagining the flavor contrast with the buttery cookie and I bet it’s heavenly.

  4. Oh my, cookies baking season already? Lot’s of people starting to post cokies. How exciting. Feel like christmas is approaching!

  5. Wow… I could totally wrap my thumbs around those thumbprint cookies! I love the combination of chocolate and strawberries — like a choc covered strawberry in cookie form!

  6. I want a cookie…er…cookies!! I’m pretty much the same way now-a-days. Make use of what you have rather than going out to buy. Nice job you two!

    I need some milk!!

  7. I love thumbprints, especially when fall comes around. Great way to enjoy the jams made during the summer. Though I’m liking this addition of chocolate. This is just what I needed after hearing some terrible news – Gourmet magazine is going caput.

  8. Yum. I love the addition of chocolate. I have SO many jars of jams and jellys from the farmers’ market that thumbprints really should be on the menu soon.

  9. Love recession cheap food. Been trying to hack through my pantry and cabinets and freezers to get back to manageable load of crap.

    I completely forgot about thumbprint cookies. My grandma use to make them all the time and sell this as a great time to force me to sit there pressing cookies down. I think once she made it a race between my brother and I with zero prize.

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