As children we each had our favorite cookies to make, this was traditionally my next older brothers’ to bake but once grown up I began to make them ‘cause they are addictively tasty. I love it made with apricot jam, you can used chopped slivered almonds instead of walnuts for that version. But, any flavor good quality jam will work, pick what you like. I am planning two flavors this time; homemade raspberry jam and some store bought but excellently flavored cherry jam. Like getting two cookies out of one batch of dough.
A few Christmases ago a dear friend gave me a new cookbook “Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies” by Ellen Brown. I have tried several recipes and all were fantastic including this one, I swapped the candied red and green cherries for jam, but you can go old school and use those freaky candied cherries. It is made with cornstarch and white rice flour; not a flour blend but you should be able to find rice flour in a gf flour department or in a Chinese grocery store. Every grocery store has cornstarch. I am actually going to swap out some of the white rice flour for brown rice flour to make the flavor even more similar to gluten based flour. I will let you know how that goes; baking it this coming week. Use the jam you like to put on your toast! That is better than using something you are not particularly fond of.
Jam Thumbprint Cookies
1 ½ cup white rice flour (or a 50/50 blend of white rice and brown rice flours)
1 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
½ cup cornstarch
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1 tsp. cream of tartar
Pinch of salt
2 sticks unsalted butter sliced into thin slices
1 lg egg
1 Tbsp. whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
½ cup jam; raspberry, peach, strawberry
INSTRUCTIONS: Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl food processor, steel blade, blend briefly. Add butter to work bowl and process off and on until it resembles coarse meal.
Combine egg, milk and vanilla in a small bowl; whisk. Drizzle into the work bowl, pulse about 10-12 times until it forms a stiff dough. If it doesn’t come together, add more milk a tsp. at a time. I added a tsp. more of milk to get the dough to form up.
Chill the dough for 15 to 20 minutes.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Put racks in the middle of the oven. Place chopped walnuts in a wide shallow bowl and roll 1 1/2 inch balls of dough. Roll them in the chopped walnuts, place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Press an indent in with a finger and fill with about ½ tsp. jam. Bake 14-15 minutes, until just firm but not browned. They will be very delicate to the touch. Let cool 2-3 minutes on sheet before carefully moving them to a cooling rack using a metal pancake turner. I bumped a couple and they just fell apart on the sheet; very fragile while hot. They will solidify once they cool. I store mine in cookie tins or Tupperware containers. They won’t last as long as wheat flour based cookies but they get snapped up fast so that shouldn’t be a problem. I supposed you could freeze them for a week or two if necessary.
They are not too sweet and so delicate, great with a cup of tea or coffee. As good, if not better, then when I made them with all purpose wheat flour years ago before I had to go gluten free. Your family will be amazed that they are gf, no one you serve them to will ever guess. Totally tasty and fun to make with your kids! Enjoy.
This is a reposting of the same recipe I posted back in 2016. Minor text changes.