DESSERT

Title: Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies with Fruit Preserves

These Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies with Fruit Preserves are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a tea party, celebrating a special milestone, or simply indulging in a sweet treat. Their delicate appearance and irresistible flavor make them a favorite among both children and adults alike. Serve them alongside your favorite hot beverage for a cozy afternoon delight, or package them up as a thoughtful homemade gift for friends and loved ones. Enjoy the simple pleasure of homemade baking with this delightful recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup high-quality fruit preserves, any flavor
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Dough:
    • In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.
    • Gradually incorporate the all-purpose flour until a cohesive dough forms.
    • Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld and the dough to firm up.
  2. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. Shape the Cookies:
    • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to about 1/8 inch thickness.
    • Using a sharp knife or a cookie cutter, cut the dough into squares or desired shapes. Alternatively, you can use a small scoop to portion out the dough.
    • Place the shaped dough pieces onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about an inch apart.
  4. Add the Fruit Preserves:
    • Using your thumb or the back of a small spoon, make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
    • Fill each indentation with approximately 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite fruit preserves, ensuring not to overfill.
  5. Bake and Serve:
    • Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.
    • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Once cooled, dust the cookies lightly with powdered sugar for an elegant finish.

Enjoy