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Bakaness
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2009 01:53:20 AM »

These look awesome! Jennieingram, did you make the cab-sav jelly, or did you buy it somewhere - it sounds delicious! I plan on making these this weekend to take to a party - I'll post pics if they turn out well!
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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2009 06:56:48 AM »

These look awesome! Jennieingram, did you make the cab-sav jelly, or did you buy it somewhere - it sounds delicious! I plan on making these this weekend to take to a party - I'll post pics if they turn out well!

I bought it at a Farmer's Market.  How could I turn down something that sounds so tasty?!?!?!  I really should get around to learning to make jelly, but I just haven't yet.
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« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2009 02:38:17 AM »

I'll have to keep my eye out at my local markets for something like that.  Grin

Quick question: I can substitute in metric cups for the cups in the recipe without stuffing around with conversion tables, since the proportions of everything should be the same, yes? I'm not used to dealing with non-metric recipes.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2009 10:00:17 AM »

To that, I honestly have no idea....  :-(
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« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2009 11:04:55 AM »

Well, I used metric cups, substituted nuttlex for butter (I was cooking for someone with a milk allergy), vanilla essence for almond (since I didn't have any) and they were great! I just used a boysenberry jam I picked up at the supermarket.

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Before baking:


Done!


The lighting doesn't show the colours properly - they were a very nice golden colour.

I found the recipe made 3 dozen, plus a few for the baker.  Grin I was a bit skimpy with the jam, since I was paranoid of it overflowing - next time I'll use a little bit more. This recipe is definitely on my X-mas cookie list!
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« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2009 01:28:23 PM »

They look beautiful Bakaness!!! 

And I'm totally adding them to my Christmas baking repertoire too...  :-)
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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2009 05:02:19 PM »

Hi MandaRenee,
I hope this isn't overly presumptious of me... but I made your Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies, and they were delicious!  However, I had a bit of trial and error with getting the "thumbprint" right, so that the cookie dough didn't crack, thereby allowing the jam to escape and run all over the pan.  I discovered a great remedy to this, so I thought I'd share.  I hope you don't mind!!!

The first batch I did using my thumb, but as mentioned, it caused the dough surrounding the thumbprint to crack.  I tried squishing the cracks back together, but the jam still escaped.  Next, I tried using the back of a metal measuring spoon to press into the cookie, but this also caused cracking and left the spoon covered in dough each time. 

Then I had a eureka moment: I spritzed the back of the metal measuring spoon with non-stick spray, then I pressed partially down into the cookie ball, just the tiniest bit.  Then I spun the spoon around, kind of like scooping ice cream, but actually completely opposite, thereby enlarging my hole, not cracking the dough, and having a nice deep hole for lots of jam.  Make sense?  No?  Ok, look at the pictures below:



Lol!  I tried that too.  It did work pretty well.  I just used a smaller finger than my thumb and it worked okay and I was in a hurry.  But the measuring spoon worked really well. 

Thanks so much for sharing that.  I had completely forgotten that until you posted it.  Thanks again.
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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2009 05:03:32 PM »

Bakaness Im so glad that they worked so good for you.  They look great.
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« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2009 12:22:25 PM »

Yum! Just made these and they were great! Thanks for the recipe.  I put a tube of chapstick in a plastic baggy and found it to be the perfect shape to hold my little pools of jelly.  I also popped the cookies in the freezer for a few minutes before I put them in the oven. They held their shape better that way. 

Thanks again! Merry Christmas!
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