Tuesday, December 4, 2007

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I received the latest Gourmet magazine last week. The cover had delicious looking cookies that caught Mony's eye. He asked if I could make him some - and since he usually does not make many requests, I decided to bake them for him this past weekend.

The recipe was super easy and not very complicated at all. The magazine suggested placing them in trio's for a larger cookie but I liked the smaller individual cookies better.

Gourmet's recipe filled them with strawberry, raspberry, and apricot preserves. But we used Bon Maman strawberry jam, and dulce de leche spread because that's what we had on hand.

The cookies were soft and yet had a crispy bite. I highly recommend making some as part of your Christmas cookie repertoire this season. I froze half the dough and hope to make these again soon.

Trios

Gourmet ~ December 2007

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
About 2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
About 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
About 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves

Equipment: a 1/2-inch-thick wooden spoon handle

Make dough:
Whisk together flour and salt. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until very pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes, then beat in egg and vanilla. At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches just until a dough forms. Divide dough in half and form each piece into a 6-inch disk, then chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, about 1 hour.

Assemble and bake cookies:
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Roll 3 separate level teaspoons of dough each into a ball, then flatten each ball slightly (to 1 inch wide and less than 1/2 inch thick). Arrange them in a triangle on baking sheet with edges touching in center, then make a deep indentation in center of each round with wooden spoon handle. Make more cookies, arranging them 1 inch apart on baking sheets.

Fill indentations in each cookie with about 1/8th teaspoon jam (each cookie should have 3 different fillings), avoiding any large pieces of fruit.

Bake until cookies are baked through and golden-brown on edges, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

*Note: This recipe makes a huge amount of cookies. I froze half the dough and will make the 2nd batch later on.


Okay, so now a quick house update:

The snow doesn't seem to be holding them back.
Slowly but surely, we're getting there!

33 comments:

ima said...

so exciting to see the progress on your new house, the cookies look so festive and delicious - thumbs up to you !

Hillary said...

Those are some adorable and delicious-looking cookies!

Annie Ruok said...

Great pix...of the cookies & of the new house! I love how u r updating on the building process - very exciting to watch! My mom made cookies very similar to these a few times called thumbprint cookies - yours look delish!

marias23 said...

Yay! How very exciting about the new house! I also got my Gourmet in the mail and I've actually made these jam thumbprint cookies before. I agree with you that the trio can get a little overwhelming and I prefer individual thumbprint cookies. Because after all, one of the highlights of Christmas is trying out different cookies!

Stephanie in Saint Louis said...

I know we don't know you guys at all, but I wanted to thank you for posting that recipe. I just had these cookies at a party the other day - absolutely LOVED them. They are delicious, but I neglected to get the recipe. The hostess had mentioned that she had gotten the recipe from Gourmet magazine. Your post came up on google and now I don't have to wait to get the recipe. Many thanks! Good luck with your house and have a great holiday.

deeeeeeena said...

Stephanie, I am so glad you found us! This recipe is super easy and most importantly, super tasty! I plan to make some more soon - closer to Christmas...

rori76 said...

Your cookies seem so similar to my Nidi di Marmellata, italian recipe. I have a special connection to that recipe, it has helped me to know so many good friends...I hope it would be the same for you

Rossella

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