This is my first new recipe of 2021 and it’s quick, it’s simple and it’s tasty. After the indulgence of Christmas and the entry into lockdown 3 in Ireland, I decided to take a step back from baking and find other ways to occupy myself. I took up light running again, attended my housemate’s “gym” in the living room and dedicated time to my 2021 reading challenge.
The inspiration for these cookies comes from a Jenny Bristow recipe for vanilla and plum thumb print cookies. What you choose to add to the thumb print is an opportunity for endless creativity. I’m thinking next time I might try filling with Nutella!
Hope you enjoy!
3oz butter, softened
3oz caster sugar
1/2 tsp orange essence
11oz self-raising flour
2 tbsp raspberry jam
2 tbsp demerara sugar
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs and orange essence followed by the flour to form a smooth dough.
Divide the dough into 12 equal parts, roll into balls and flatten into circular cookie shapes of approx 1/2 inch thickness.
Make a thumb print in the centre of each cookie and fill with jam.
Sprinkle each cookie with demerara sugar and bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 mins.
Allow to cool slightly on the tray before moving onto a wire rack to cool completely.