Do you ever get that urge? You know, that feeling of needing something sweet, and baked, and home made,RIGHT NOW! But the trouble is, you don’t now exactly what you want to bake or eat? And to make matters worse, the urge usually strikes at night, when it’s way too late to make anything complicated, or anything that requires chilling time (yeah, I’m talking about you choc-chip cookie).
If you’re looking at me funny right now, then you’re probably not from my tribe. But if you get it, here’s a great solution for those late-night-baking-munchy urges. Thumbprint cookies. I’d seen them around on American blogs but didn’t realise they were very, very similar to the Aussie jam drops.
After scouring the interweb, I went with a recipe from Taste.com.au because it was rated highly by many users. I didn’t have any chocolate freckles (used in the recipe) so I just filled some of my cookies with chocolate buttons and some with jam. The thumbprints really hit the spot. Quick to make and you end up with lots to share if you make them quite small.
After that batch had been eaten/ given away, I started obsessing about the many variations that could be possible with this simple cookie. I tried green tea in the dough which worked well, but I couldn’t decide what to put in the “hole” bit except for some slivered almonds so they didn’t end up very thumbprinty at all. Then I tried ground ginger in the dough, topped with some slices of crystallised ginger. Mmmm, yes!! (Mostly because I have a mild obsession with crystallised ginger at the moment).
Right, I’m off to dream about more flavour combinations. Suggestions welcome :)
(If you’re after a recipe, I used this one, reduced the sugar to about 180g, added about a teaspoonful of ground ginger, and topped the holes with crystallised ginger slices.).