12.13.2010

cranberry orange thumbprints

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Today I managed to make a fairly sizable dent in my Christmas list. I bet if I put my mind and jogging shoes to it I just may finish up a few days before Christmas Eve. This will most definitely be a record for me! I thought I'd better bake a batch of Cranberry Orange Thumbprints just in case my energy runs low.

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Back in February I baked Daisy's Puerto Rican Shortbread Cookies. I loved this recipe so much that I decided to go with it again. I made a few changes to the shortbread as well as switching up the filling. I thought a cranberry orange filling would be fun and festive.

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The cranberry orange filling is a wonderful choice. It's tangy and just a little sweet. I have to admit, I've been eating a few of these cookies with my morning coffee.

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I think these are pretty enough to give as a gift. Who wouldn't love to receive home baked cookies for the holidays. Such a heart felt gift. I'm thinking Santa will be leaving me something extra in my stocking if he finds these little goodies along side his tall glass of milk. Ho! Ho! Ho! :D

cranberry orange thumbprints
by theUngourmet
adapted from Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night recipe

makes 30-36 cookies

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup almond flour
1/3 cup evaporated cane sugar
pinch of salt
2 sticks cold butter, cut into 16 pieces
2 large eggs, beaten
*cranberry orange jam

Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine the flours, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter until the dough is loose and crumbly. Add the eggs and stir until the dough is smooth.

Using a level tbsp for each, roll the dough into balls and set them about 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Press down firmly on the center of each dough ball with thumb to create a well for the jam. Spoon about 1/2 tsp of jam into each well.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until edges are golden. Cool completely before serving.

*Cranberry Orange Jam
16 ounce package of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp grated orange zest
6 tbsp of baker's sugar

In a medium sauce pan, bring all ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer for 30 minutes until berries are are tender and mixture begins to thicken. Allow jam to cool before adding to cookies dough.

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33 comments:

Beth said...

What beautiful little cookies! I love the mixture of flavors you've used. If I had a batch of these, I'd be dipping into them too!

jacqueline said...

These cookies look so yummieee! I really like cranberry! Thanks so much for sharing sweet friend! Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you!

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Very attractive cookies to serve! With your orange cranberry jam I can make this recipe and more. What a great Idea! Thanks for sharing this delicious dainty! Happy holidays!

love lives in the kitchen said...

dear kim,
when i see cranberry and orange in the title for me it's a must to try the recipe! thank you for sharing! it's delicious!!
have a sweet day,
justyna

bellini valli said...

I remember making something similar with my daughter over the holidays when she was little. They are definitely fun to make and love the festive addition of cranberry.

pigpigscorner said...

The cranberry orange jam sounds yummy! Can serve the leftovers (if any) with turkey too!

Jeannie said...

I wouldnt mind having some of these cookies in my stockings hehe! They look delicious Kim:)

Susan said...

That looks GREAT!!! I would love the recipe for that, if you care to share it.

Susan

Heavenly Housewife said...

Wow, you are a star! You made your own jam??? I am seriously impressed. They look great.
*kisses* HH

Holly said...

These sound delicious!! I think you might kinda like cranberry orange;) I do too!!!:)

Juliana said...

Oh Kim, I would love to get hold of some of these cookies...they look absolutely delicious, love the cranberry and orange "jam", SO SO yummie!

Emily Z said...

These look delicious. Perfect for Christmastime. It seems like my mom used to make something like this when I was little. You did a great job!

Claudia said...

Definitely gift-worthy. Should show this to my family so they can fill up my stocking with these. They are yuletide greetings! The cranberry and orange was inspired.

UrMomCooks said...

These look delicious!!! We have kind of a joke at our house whenever we are out shopping. One of us will say, "I could go on if only I had some refreshments..." That is the signal to find the nearest bakery/coffee place immediately! These cookies would fit right in - hope they keep YOU going to the end!

clearlytangled said...

these look great, esp with that cranberry orange jam.

Joanne said...

Let's not talk gift-buying this year. As I have not even considered starting. let's talk cookies. These are fabulous. Love that you made the filling! Homemade is always better.

Faith said...

Mmm, cranberry and orange is a beautiful combo! Lovely cookies, Kim! And I agree with you, they would make such a sweet gift!

koralee said...

These look amazing...I am planning on making thumbprint cookies on Sat...may have to try yours! Hugs for a great mid week...Christmas is just around the corner!!!!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Oh I LOVE thumbprint cookies!

lisa is cooking said...

As usual for this time of year, I'm feeling very behind schedule! I'm hoping to catch up on things today and bake more cookies. These thumbprints are so festive with the red filling, and the flavors sound great!

♥peachkins♥ said...

awesome flavor, awesome cookie!


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Evan @swEEts said...

So when you talked about gifts you were talking about sending some of these my way right? I love the combo of cranberry and orange!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

Ohhh my Ma makes thumbprint cookies every year but this recipe sounds different than the variations she makes! I will have to pass it along :) xo

Angie's Recipes said...

These thumbprint cookies look awesome!

Randi Troxell said...

oh these look seriously lovely!!!

Monet said...

I know I would LOVE to receive these as a gift. Jam thumbprints are a personal favorite of mine, and I love the holiday twist you put on this recipe. I hope you have a wonderful end to your week. Thanks for brightening my day!

Hallie Ritchie said...

I love your blog, it has so many different kind of foods and so fun to read through! I just recently started a cooking blog too, drop by sometime :-)

http://cookonabudget.blogspot.com/

Krista said...

Digging that jam! These cookies look and sound amazing!

Mother Rimmy said...

I love that you've used whole wheat pastry flour! I have everything I need to make these. I love it when that happens!

Kristin said...

I made chocolate peanut butter thumbprints the other day!

Hummingbird Appetite said...

I really want to make these, especially when I have a lot of cranberries still in the freezer.

Natalie said...

I can't get enough of the cran-orange combo! These sound great!

Stella said...

In the realm of cookies, this is a pretty healthful cookie, Kim! Plus, the sound so good. I always want hot tea when I see any kind of thumbprint. Yeah...:)

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