Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Blackberry-Tangerine Thumprint Cookies


Thanksgiving was gloriously fattening, a buttery omen for the coming season. Despite only being home for a few days from our European sojourn, my mom (who lives across the street) and I played hostess to 30 holiday guests. Since they were all blood relatives, they weren't expecting breakfast in bed or chocolates on the pillows, but since they were all blood relatives we felt like giving them breakfast in bed and chocolates on the pillow. Except we sort of fizzled out by Saturday and someone had to run to Del Taco for midnight quesadillas with medium taco sauce. If it weren't for my Korean sister in law Sung Jin, we might have actually even shed a few extra ounces by Sunday, but since she is a kitchen prize fighter, we just kept on eating every delicious morsel that she would dish out. What's a food loving girl to do? And speaking of food, I always have grand plans for leftovers before they exist, but little interest in them when they live in giant plastic bags on my refrigerator shelves. Meh. I'd rather make a Christmas cookie, like this lovely little Tuesdays with Dorie morsel. It's really supposed to be a linzer sandwich cookie, but since I'm still catching up on homeschool, school board, Christmas decorations, unpacking, blog reading,-oh and someday I'll get back to commenting again, Christmas shopping, etc, I couldn't be bothered with rolling and cookie-cutting out dough. Give me a few days, friends, just a few more precious days. Instead, I shaped the pecan-sprinkled dough (with some tangerine zest thrown in for good measure) into little round mounds with thumbprint middles, and filled them with blackberry jam. Yowza. With a wee cup of cranberry tea, they really hit the spot. You know that spot that the Thanksgiving leftovers and midnight quesadilla missed. Check out Tuesdays with Dorie for other versions of this lovely recipe. For my penny pinching friends, I estimate $3.50 for a dozen.
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54 comments:

Emily said...

For juggling the world Prudy you sure make an amazing cookie! I love the tangerine and berry combo! Very creative! Good luck adjusting to life again!

Marie said...

Your cookies look fantastic Erin! You have come up with a lovely version. (a lot less trouble too!!) Well done you! Your Thanksgiving dinner looks so delicious as well! XXOO

Suzie said...

So nice of you to have house guests on your return - my family works the same way. Yummy looking cookies - hope life is resuming its normal pace for you.

Cristine said...

What a great idea to do thumbprints! They look scrumptious!

VeggieGirl said...

Loooove your version of the cookie!! Better than a sandwich one, for sure.

Cathy said...

I love the thumbprints, Prudy -- I think they are every bit as lovely as the sandwiches, and what says "fun" more than a thumbprint cookie? Figures you get back from your fabulous, whirlwind trip and whip up an amazing Thanksgiving feast for 30. I might have been tempted to have a Del Taco Thanksgiving in your shoes. I am so happy that you are back!!

chocolatechic said...

I immediately thought of thumbprint cookies when looking at this recipe.


I used pecans too.

Mary Ann said...

I like the thumbprints too. A really great idea for this fairly simple cookie dough. Blackberry-Tangerine sounds like an amazing combination as well. Very nice, Prudy!

gigi said...

It's so great to have you home, even though I can still come by and do a little jig to your music, it's nice to see a new recipe from you.

Little lady, I don't know how you are going to catch up before New Years end!! I was only one one week and the bags still aren't unpacked. I just have to keep saying, "pace yourself" maybe that will work for you too. (wink)

Allie said...

These look delicious!

HoneyB said...

Love how you turned them into thumbprints!

Di said...

Great idea for the thumbprints. I'm quite tempted to steal it, since I still haven't made my cookies (butter is softening now). Good luck getting caught up with everything. =)

Anne said...

The flavors sound wonderful and I love the shape- much less fussy than rolling out the dough. Hope things slow down a bit for you!

Maria said...

Glad you had a fun Thanksgiving with your family. Tis the season to be busy:) I love the cookies. Blackberry is my favorite!!

Peggy said...

That is one amazing cookie! They look beautiful and delicious as always! Love the tangerine and berry combination too! Very creative.

Kirsten said...

I like your variation. Those look like something I could eat right now!

Laura said...

I almost completely forgot about the cookies when I saw your Thanksgiving plate. OMG does that look fabulous! Your cookies look great too - I love the berry and tangerine combo! I am so impressed you were able to do all the Thanksgiving stuff and these cookies after just returning home from Europe. You are a cooking Diva!

1freshstart said...

Take your time! Like I said, we're still here. Glad you had a wonderful food-induced coma of a Thanksgiving!

~Cat

Patsyk said...

Thumbprints are one of my favorite cookies! I have a Martha Stewart recipe marked to make by sometime next weekend at the latest! Yours look like they are irresistable!

Jodie said...

They look great, and a lot less trouble!

April said...

All that food looks fantastic! I can't wait to make those cookies now.

Natashya said...

You are one busy lady!
Your food looks fab, I am very hungry now...

Mary said...

Welcome back! We've missed you but I love to hear the stories of your family - they help keep us warm. The cookies, by the way, look great.

SiHaN said...

wow.. the thumbprints and the blackberry combi sounds terrific! great job with these. There's always room for desserts ain't there!

Engineer Baker said...

I absolutely love thumbprint cookies, so I heartily approve of the change :) They look wonderful!

kim said...

sounds like they work really well as thumbprints! very tasty looking. i might be a thumbprint convert myself... the rolling/cutting just takes for-e-ver for me.

Rosie said...

Your cookies look fantastic Prudy!! I love thumbprints with that scrummy centre :)

Rosie x

Emily Rose said...

these look fantastic- I love the addition of the tangerine zest! very clever! I'm just catching up on blog reading after being out of town too- and it sounds like your European adventure was wonderful! I missed your posts while you were away!!

Marjie said...

These are so pretty! I'm so glad to hear of your great family Thanksgiving. Nice that you have a sister in law who is an energizer bunny in the kitchen. Now, good luck getting the junior Pennywises back into the swing of things for 3 weeks (we are taking all of Christmas week off, due to work overload for the parental units!)

Lori said...

Girl. . .you're killing me with all those pictures of food!! They look so good. Love your site!

Lori

anudivya said...

Wow! Entertaining 30 guests is indeed a great feat. I struggle for just a hand few!
And those cookies are just way too cute!

pinkstripes said...

I think these are great as a thumbprint cookie.

Aggie said...

You are awesome Prudy...I love how you can pull it all off! I'm in awe! ;)

Your cookies look so yummy, I can just taste the amazing flavor combo.

Candy said...

I should have done this!

Jamie said...

Your thumbprints are gorgeous!

Tami said...

I like your version of these cookies a whole lot better than the sandwich cookies!

Beth said...

And I thought my life was hectic!! Great cookies - I love blackberries

Flourchild said...

Wow can you come cook for me!? Your meal loos tasty and those cookies look out of this world!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

wow--you are so good to your family! :)

these made perfect little thumbprints!!

The Blonde Duck said...

If I were you, I'd be rocking back and forth in a corner somewhere by now in a snug little jacket...

Melissa said...

I love the thumbprints! Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving with all of your family - those are the best.

n.o.e said...

Prudy, these look great as thumbprints. I'll have to try them that way next time, although for roll out cookies, these were particularly easy. I'm about to head to Europe myself and will get back 3 days before Christmas. Yipes.
btw, your Thanksgiving plate makes me hungry for that yearly gustatory treat all over again!
Nancy

Kayte said...

You don't even want to know how much I love blackberry jam! Your cookies would be tops with me! They look beautiful. Your whole meal looks wonderful...beautifully presented!

Madam Chow said...

These look great, and I hear you about how busy it is right now. Frankly, I am amazed that I actually rolled these out, seeing as I'm swamped, going out of town, and dislike making cookies!

The Food Librarian said...

Sounds like a fun and filling holiday!!! These cookies look fantastic!

kittymama said...

No guilty conscience allowed for making thumbprints - these are adorable! Jam thumbrints were the first cookies I learned to bake - near & dear to my heart. Welcome home!

Michelle said...

Those cookies look delicious. I never thought of the combination of tangerine and berry though! I KNOW it's good!

Mike Spoodles said...

Your fruit combo is exquisite, and I love the simple thumbprint style you gave to these!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Love the thumbprints! They look so mouthwatering with all that fruit ready to explode in your mouth at the first bite.

Jeena said...

Great cookies they look fabulous and I would love a plate of that dinner. :-)

Linda said...

Tangerine and blackberry...oh my gosh, this sounds delicious and now I have to find a place for this on the cookie platter!!

Dawn said...

well the next time I make these I must try it with blackberry jam instead of my old standby of raspberry.

AmyRuth said...

Ummmm Yummm I'm starving and it all looks delish! So glad you had a great crowd for Thanksgiving. Even though it was buttery good, surely you were so busy doing there was not time for it to stick. he he
Lovely cookies I see. A great variation.
AmyRuth

Tammy said...

great idea to use the linzer sable dough for thumprints!