Cookies & Bars

Play It Again Sam

Strawberry Pistachio Cookies-Duo Dishes

It’s a return to thumbprints. We can’t believe we’d never tried to make these until this year! The first batch featured bittersweet chocolate, almonds and port wine strawberry jelly. For some insane reason, we only made a tiny batch of twelve, and that was, of course, regrettable. We had to make more. This new version is a nice switch–different nuts, a little spice, a crunchier coating and store bought preserves this time. Trust us when we say making your own jelly tastes better, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. And we had to have these cookies again!
Unlike our first batch of thumbprints, these cookies are eggless, so they have a crispier bite. The nuts have been ground and incorporated into the dough. We also tossed in a bit of honey and cinnamon for flavor and rolled the cookies in coconut for even for texture and crunch. For maximum bang, let the cookies come to room temperature before eating.  Better yet, eat them in the morning for breakfast.  Hey, there’s jam in there, so it’s like eating toast, right?

Strawberry Pistachio Cookies – 2 dozen
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup flour
1/2 cup pistachios, toasted and ground
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup strawberry preserves

1. Using an electric mixer, cream butter, honey and sugars until fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Add vanilla and cinnamon and mix until combined.

2. Use a spoon to stir in flour and nuts until well combined. Cover and chill dough for at least an hour.

3. Spread coconut onto a plate. Scoop out cookiedough by rounded half tablespoons and roll in coconut.

4. Set on a parchment paper covered baking sheet and make a small indentation in each cookie. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden at the edges.

5.  Fill cookies with a drop of jam. Move to wire rack to cool.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


23 thoughts on “Play It Again Sam

  1. YUMMM!! I’ve been dying to make thumbprint cookies! Never made nor have I eaten one before! They look so yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I’m new to blogging and love that there is a foodie community! If you have time, please check out my blog: And of course! Any advice would be great 🙂

  2. I love your ingredient list and that they have so little sugar in them! You both should check out the site, that’s where the inspiration came from to make the feta ice cream!

  3. I have not made thumbprints for years. When I was a kid, my favorite way to fill them was indeed with strawberry jam. Thanks for the memories and reminding me I should make these again.

  4. Is Lent over yet?

    I’ve actually never made thumbprint cookies either… maybe I can call it a healthy granola bar since they contain strawberry jam? Fruit? Yes?


    No. 😦

  5. You have so many good ingredients in here – coconut, pistachios! I definitely dig it.

    I’ve been trying to find the perfect thumbprint cookie recipe to use with this crazy honeysuckle jelly I bought a while ago. This may be the one.

  6. I really love thumbprints. That hit of jam in the middle is just delicious. I love that you added coconut and pistachios to these. How fantastic!

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