FF – I heart cookies

I know I’ve mentioned my love of cookies in a previous post, but since today is National Cookie Day, I thought it would be a sweet idea to mention it again. And by mention, I mean share a recipe for one of my all time favorite cookies to make during the holiday season. I found this recipe a bazillion years ago in my sadly departed Joy of Cooking book (sacrificed to the cleaning gods when we moved into our camper). The frosting recipe came from the back of a Domino Sugar package, circa 1970s (yes, I still have that battered piece of cardboard in my recipe box).

Thumbprint cookies

Cream:
1/2 cup white or brown sugar
with:
1/2 cup butter, softened
Beat in:
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix together until completely incorporated. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. You can chill the dough briefly in the fridge for easier handling (or refrigerate half while working with half). Pinch off small pieces from the dough, to roll into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls into granulated sugar. Place them on a lightly greased and floured (I use confectionery sugar instead of flour) cookie sheet. Bake for five minutes. Depress the center of each cookie with a thimble, thumb, or similar heat proof utensil. Continue baking for about eight minutes. When cool, fill with a spoonful of buttercream frosting (recipe below), and dip into red and green sugar crystals. Makes approximately forty cookies.

Buttercream frosting

1 1b. (approximately 3 3/4 cups) confectionery sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons milk or cream

In a large bowl, beat together until smooth. If necessary, add more milk or cream until frosting becomes spreading consistency.

Here’s a picture of the finished product, snapped by the eldest (this was her batch) a couple of years ago.

Cailli's thumbprint cookies

Oh, and be sure to check out the article, 7 Yummy Offers for National Cookie Day 2015 for some National Cookie Day related offers.

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