Cookies are one of my favorite things in the world — which is why I don’t make or eat them often; if they are around they usually end up in my mouth, then my stomach and eventually on my butt!!! So I keep these little fellas for special occasions, as they are definitely not (repeat: NOT) diet food!!!
BUT (not butt) . . . my niece Maxine was in the hospital recently and she’s one of my favorite people, niece or otherwise!!! After leaving her one evening I came home thinking about cookies, since Maxine makes some of the best (it’s that cooking gene from her aunt Jenni!!!) . . . and this girl needed some cheering up. So I was gonna make some to bring to the hospital the next day and I wanted them to be awesome!!!
I didn’t want just any cookies, I wanted Linzer cookies, but I also wanted raspberry thumbprint cookies, and who’s to say I couldn’t have both? It was just me and the dogs and the XM radio on the 60’s station, and unless one of the dogs spoke up soon, I was bound and determined to combine the two and make what have christened a Raspberry Linzer Thumbprint Delight!!! Very simple recipe, and such a incredible thought I decided to make a real thing of it!!! These little bundles of buttery, nutty, jammy goodness will melt in your mouth, take all your troubles away and leave you feeling very happy, satisfied and full of hope (if you ignore the calorie count)!!! They are magically delicious!!!
Using will power borne of a Higher Purpose, I was able to lay off ’em (mostly) and bring them to the hospital the following day. Maxine loved them and the nurses were thrilled to have something homebaked: What with their high-stress jobs and overload of patients they deserved more than pre-packaged cookies from some supermarket aisle!!! If you really wanna impress someone or have a lovely afternoon tea cookie for yourself, this is your answer!!!
Raspberry Linzer Thumbprint Delights:
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease 2 cookie sheets. Mix together in a lg bowl:
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
When they are well combined, add:
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Then gather and measure:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup walnuts, finely ground
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam or the raspberry Simply Fruit, which is what I use (set aside)
Sifted powdered sugar — enough to sprinkle, maybe 1/2 cup (also set aside)
Combine all ingredients except the powdered sugar and raspberry jam and chill for 1/2 hr. Make dough into 1″ balls and press with your thumb or the back of a 1/2 tsp. measuring spoon and bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely and, using a 1/2 tsp. measuring spoon or a small melon baller, place little dollops of raspberry jam in the center of each cookie. Sprinkle with the powdered sugar several times, and always right before serving.
And as always, enjoy!!!
© Jennifer Green Alger 2010