Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints for Big Little Kids

Post Edit:
I jumped the gun this morning in sharing some news-I'll repost when the time is right. Thanks for your patience!
Today is Tuesday, and time for a treat with my weekly baking club, Tuesdays with Dorie. Our assignment today was Thumprints for Grown ups, but what fun would that be for my little charges? They wouldn't have appreciated a sophisticated cookie, loaded with ground hazelnuts. Luckily, Dorie has a thumprint cookie especially for kids. Perfect! It's a delicate peanut butter cookie-rolled in peanuts (or not, for my charges), and bejeweled with a dab of strawberry jam. They're supposed to be for kids, but I think the grown ups enjoyed them at least equally well. We adored them! They're on my new top ten list of cookies, the list that exists only in my head, but that I fully plan to include on my blog someday. But for today, this is enough.

Kids' Thumprints, slightly adpated from Dorie Greenspan
Estimated Cost: $2.00 for 30
6 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
3/4 cup chopped salted peanuts
1/2 cup jam
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, cream butter and peanut butter. Add sugars and egg yolk. Stir in vanilla. Add flour and stir to form soft dough. Roll cookies into small balls. Dip balls into egg white and roll in peanuts, if desired. (I skipped this step on some.) Poke a hole in the center of the cookie with the spoon handle. (The hole will expand in the oven.) Bake cookies for about 15-18 minutes, or until just beginning to color. Cool completely. Heat jam in microwave safe bowl. Spoon jam into cookies. Makes about 30.
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17 comments:

Nickki said...

Your cookies look delicious! I haven't tried this recipe yet, but I will :-) I used ground almonds and raspberry jam for the thumbprints. They got the "thumbs up" from the little ones (excuse the terrible pun!) :-)

Catherine said...

That is a crack up about Westy! The Today Show!!! I can't wait to watch. Your cookies look great by the way.

Julie Harward said...

Yum, yum...give me some! Love these :D

TeaLady said...

How cute are those. I really think these are for us big kids too. PB and J. how can you improve on that.

Cathy said...

Oooh - a peanut butter sandwich contest! So fun! I'll need to remember to set my DVR. These cookies look great. I'm eager to try the kids' thumbprints - at least two of my three will love those (that's the best percentage I ever get) whereas only one of my three liked the big guy's version. Thankfully, husbands and fathers and fathers-in-law swept in and helped me eat them. Your cookies look delicious!

Adrienne said...

So cute and creative. Who'd have thunk that's a juvenile peanut butter concoction? I love love love peanut butter. Possibly more than chocolate. I can't wait for Easter and the Peanut Butter Eggs oh baby.

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

Another great one - have to try it later this week, thanks!

Katie and Mark said...

Mmmmmm...I am finding time to try this one tomorrow! AND, I already have all the ingredients I need! :) I LOVE peanut butter and jelly-so do my kids.

janelle said...

I absolutely ADORE these cookies. But I cannot make them often or I would eat them all up myself and gain like 10 pounds! I roll mine in pecans and put my fave homemade jam... sigh. I can almost taste them...

Adrienne said...

As I was re-reading this I realized you don't bake them w/ the jam. Keeps them from getting, what, soggy liky my PBJs when I was I kid? I love this technique. It has now moved from the "probably make" colum to the "definitely make" colum.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your cookies look great!

Katrina said...

Ooh, the pb&j sounds really good! I loved the grown up ones, but would probably like these equally as well!

The Blonde Duck said...

I like these better than the adult version!

The Japanese Redneck said...

That's a good lookin' cookie!

dawn said...

love anything pb & j. need to make these.
i am trying (really hard) to make a pb&j cheesecake. so far, at attempt #2. i am determined though.

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