by Nicole Lisson
- The Capitol Hill Times -
I think of December as 30 days of cookies. My oven is perpetually turned on to 350º F, with racks and racks of varying flavors of cookies on constant rotation.
Usually, I pack them into tins and gift them to the people who serve as the backbone of our country – teachers, firemen, policemen and the like – and my family. In my mind, homemade baked goods are the best gift that one can receive.
The following thumbprint cookie recipe includes sesame seeds and orange zest in the dough; it’s like a burst of summer in the winter. And, when it comes to the jam, use whatever you have in the fridge. Nothing in the fridge? Strawberry, raspberry, orange and blueberry jams never fail.
- 1 and 1/2 cups butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 and 1/2 cups flour
- Zest of 1 orange
- 3 teaspoons black sesame seeds
- 1 jar of jam
- 1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar, then add vanilla. On low speed, beat in flour until dough starts coming together. Fold in orange zest and black sesame seeds.
- 2. Refrigerate dough for about 30 minutes.
- 3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
- 4. With your thumb, press down a small well in the center of each ball, then fill with 1/2 teaspoon jam.
- 5. Bake at 350º F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.