Nutty Thumbprint Cookies With Jam

Quick Strawberry Jam

Even if you don’t think you’re “a cookie person,” these cookies will prove you wrong. The cookie itself is well-balanced: slightly sweet, lightly salted, and chock-full of nuts. The jam center seals the deal. Each one is a bite of perfection. This recipe uses our Quick Strawberry Jam or use our Quick Blackberry-Blueberry Jam

Nutty Thumbprint Cookies With Jam
 
Makes about 36
Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) grated fresh nutmeg, divided
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup (133 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2¼ cups (281 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup Quick Strawberry Jam or Quick Blackberry-Blueberry Jam
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the work bowl of a food processor, combine walnuts, pecans, ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) salt, and ½ teaspoon (1 gram) nutmeg. Pulse until combined and nuts are finely ground, about 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to a small bowl, and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar at medium-high speed until creamy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Reduce mixer speed to medium, and add egg yolks and vanilla bean paste. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add flour, ¾ cup chopped nut mixture, remaining ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) salt, and remaining ½ teaspoon (1 gram) nutmeg. Increase mixer speed to medium, and beat just until mixture comes together, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in remaining nut mixture to coat, and place 2 inches apart on prepared pans. Using your thumb or the back of a spoon, gently make an indentation in center of each ball.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes; remove from oven, and press down centers again. Fill centers of cookies with desired jam. Return to oven, and bake until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes more. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.

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