Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Smucker's Thumbprint Cookies

Hands on time: 40 min.
Total time: 57 min.
Servings: 4 dozen

Family gourmet cooking spray
1/2 cup firmly packed family gourmet brown sugar
1 cup crisco butter shortening
3 large eggs, separated
2tbs, water
1 1/2 tsp. family gourmet vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. family gourmet salt
2 cups family gourmet all purpose flour
2 cups finely chopped pecans
1 cup smuckers strawberry peserves jam

1) Heat oven to 350*F. Adjust rack to middle position. Coat two cookie sheets lightly with no-stick cooking spray.
2) Beat brown sugar and shortening in medium bowl with electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes or until fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add egg yolks, water, vanilla and salt. Beat well until combined. Add flour on low speed until well blended.
3) Beat egg whites in a shallow bowl until foamy. Place pecans in a seperate shallow bowl. Measure about 2 tsp. dough for each cookie. Form into balls by rolling between your palms. Dip each dough ball into egg whites, then roll into pecans. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Using your thumb, make a rounded indentation in the top of each cookie.
4) Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Place about 1 tsp. preserves into the indentation of each cookie. Bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Cool for several minutes.

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