In honor of National Cookie Day: Salted maple thumbprint cookies(Read article summary)
National Cookie Day is Dec. 4. Celebrate with salted maple thumbprint cookies.
In Praise Of Leftovers
I buy one or two cookbooks a year. Of course, I spend hours coveting them and poring over the cookbook tables at Elliot Bay. But, in the end, Iâ€™m very careful about what I bring home to our 750 square foot house, getting most recipes online or tweaking what I already have. I love what Christopher Kimball says â€“ that most of us absolutely do not need more recipes. We just need to keep practicing what we know and slowly get better and more experimental. Sorry, folks. Thereâ€™s no shortcut.
BUT (you knew this was coming, right?), I just bought a new cookbook that makes me want to storm into the kitchen. Itâ€™s Melissa Clarkâ€™s In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite. Almost everything in it can be made in under an hour, and is so bursting with flavor that youâ€™ll be wiping the drool off the pages. And wondering, â€śWhy didnâ€™t I think of that?â€ť
The annual Christmas baking day with my mom and sister is coming up, so the first thing I tried was these cookies. OMG. They donâ€™t look like showstoppers, but watch out. I gave them away to several people, and some reluctantly took one off the plate, like, â€śWell, I guess. Thereâ€™s no chocolate involved, but Iâ€™m bored and slightly hungry.â€ť Then their eyes would widen and I could have the self-satisfied moment I was waiting for.
Am I posting about Christmas cookies already? I guess I am. Em sent me this Christmas pledge, which I posted on my bulletin board:
- To remember those who truly need my gifts.
- To express my love for family and friends in more direct ways than presents.
- To rededicate myself to the spiritual growth of my family.
- To examine my holiday activities in light of the true spirit of Christmas.
- To initiate one act of peacemaking within my circle of family and friends.
Â Here we go. Bring it on, Season of Light.
Salted Maple Thumbprint Cookies
Â Melissa doesnâ€™t instruct you to chill the dough, but I recommend it. Itâ€™s quite soft and you might have trouble with the cookies spreading if you donâ€™t.
3 cups all-purpose flour
Â 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Â 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
Â 1 cup sugar
Â 1 cup pure maple syrup
Â 2 large egg yolks
Â 12-ounces walnut halves
Â Fleur de sel or other coarse salt, for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and kosher salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add 1/2 cup of the maple syrup and the egg yolks, and beat until fully incorporated. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Chill dough for 30-60 minutes.
Using a tablespoon, drop dough, 3 inches apart, onto two baking sheets. Using your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each round of dough â€“ as deep as you can go without pushing through. Bake until the edges are just golden, 12-15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool.
While the cookies are cooking, prepare the maple glaze. Place the remaining 1/2 cup maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer the syrup until reduced to abut 1/3 cup, 7-10 minutes. Carefully spoon the glaze into the thumbprint of each cooled cookie, then place a walnut and a sprinkle of salt on top. Allow the glaze the set, at least 10 minutes, before serving.
Sarah Murphy-Kangas blogs at In Praise Of Leftovers.
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