Tuesdays with Dorie: Thumbprint Cookies For Us Big Guys

Dorie's Thumbprints rack

Warning!  These cookies may cause burned thumbs or fingers. But they are SO worth it.

Thumbprints are my husband’s favorite cookie so I am no stranger to the idea of burning fingers in the name of indentations. A wooden spoon would also work but fingers are too handy.

My thumbprint recipe incorporates brown sugar and an egg yolk. Dorie’s recipe uses finely ground nuts but no egg yolk.  (The yolk holds the cookie together better). She suggested hazelnuts which are not easy to come by in these parts so I went with almonds which I always have around the house. Hers are delicious….but crumbly.

If you made these cookies yourself or have seen the picture in the book, I’m sure you recognize another variant. Dorie recommends jelly in the center. But I’m not a jelly-in-sweets kind of person…as in jelly donuts or jelly filled cakes or cookies. I ‘m a frosting girl. So I went with espresso icing in the center. YUM!

Dorie's Thumbprints with espresso

To get the recipe, visit Mike the Ugly Food Dude or even better, get yourself a copy of Dorie’s cookbook called Baking: From my Home to Yours.

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Mimi March 10, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Espresso icing is the best idea I’ve seen yet. I’ll have to try your thumbprint recipe, the brown sugar is calling my name.


Susan March 9, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Almonds and espresso icing?! Fabulous!! I’ll have to try your version. 🙂


TIA @ ButtercreamBarbie March 9, 2010 at 10:27 pm

thar’s totally creative. I saw a lotta jam, a lotta nutella, but yours are the only espresso ones!


Jacque March 9, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Mmm, they look so pretty with the frosting. Nice job, I used almonds too.


Leslie March 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Frosting in the center sounds dangerous. It sounds yummy, but dangerous!


Mary March 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm

They look great! I bet the icing was nice, because these weren’t too sweet. I’m even more tempted by those orange rolls, though…


Hornedfroggy of My Baking Heart March 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Mmmm, espresso sounds lovely! 🙂 Beautiful cookies!!


mike March 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Espresso wins everytime with me! I loved these cookies and will definitely have to try your recipe – including the egg yolk! Very beautiful (and I’m sure) delicious. Your husband has good taste!


Jeannette March 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

whew. I’m glad it wasn’t just mine that ended up really crumbly. Yours look really great!! And that espresso icing looks delish!!


Clivia March 9, 2010 at 10:32 am

An excellent variation! They look delicious.


Chaya March 9, 2010 at 8:12 am

I love the flavor of coffee being added. This is a great cookie. We can do so much with it.


Valerina March 9, 2010 at 7:57 am

Frosting must have been perfect in these since they were not too sweet on their own. Great idea and cute cookies!


Amanda March 9, 2010 at 7:48 am

Espresso! How perfect! They look fabulous 🙂


Devona March 9, 2010 at 7:31 am

Very nice, hazelnut coffee? Yes, I think I will.


steph (whisk/spoon) March 9, 2010 at 7:00 am

those look great. i love the hit of coffee with the cookie!


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