Buckwheat Apricot Jam Thumbprint Cookies

This recipe is a new twist on an old favorite. I got the idea for making these cookies from Real Simple. Sara Quessenberry wrote a really useful article for this time of year called 10 Ideas for Sugar Cookie Dough.

I received a nice email from Time's Lifestyle Group letting me know about all the recipes. They helped me out before with the post for my blog's third anniversary. I'm really happy to collaborate with them again. They sent me a complimentary copy of Real Simple's December issue, which I've been having fun reading. What a nice Christmas gift! And Happy Anniversary to Real Simple! January 2010 marks 10 years!

As usual, I adapted the Basic Sugar Cookie Dough recipe, but not too much. I substituted 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour with buckwheat flour. I used vanilla sugar* in place of regular sugar and Smart Balance was used in place of butter.

I haven't tried all the different ways to use the cookie dough. Yet. As you can imagine. There will be some more serious cookie baking later on this week. The jam thumbrint cookies were the test drive.

They're a very easy cookie to make. And fun too. You really do have to use your thumb to make these. I tried my index finger and it hardly made a dent! After I did it, I laughed to myself and thought, "Well, I guess there's a reason why they're called thumbprint cookies!"

The plan is to make some more of this dough and try a few more ways to use it to make some different cookies. I'm thinking the Chocolate-Peppermint Wafers and the Orange-Glazed Cookies.

We'll see what I can accomplish this week. Happy Winter Solstice! At least now the days will start getting longer.

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alessandra said…
I love cookies with jam, yumm!
Tess Kincaid said…
I usually make jam thumbprint cookies, but didn't this year. I might just have to change my mind!
Those cookies look yummy!! Happy Holidays to you too!
Nice adaptation with the buckwheat!
SE'LAH... said…
this is a favourite for me and my daughter to make...with raspberry jam...oooh yum.

Eva said…
These look yummy! Happy Winter Solstice!
Lisa Johnson said…
alessandra - I have a recipe for peanut butter and jelly cookies that I want to try too!

willow - I ended up making them twice!

style and inspiration - Happy Holidays to you too!

meredith - Thank you! and I appreciate the tweets too! ; )

se'lah - Raspberry sounds yum!

grey street girl - I swear that I can notice the days staying lighter longer! Maybe wishful thinking. : )
Sofa Disassembly said…
Scrumptious snacks. I'm excited to follow the recipe right after my kitchen is done. Thanks for being so generous in sharing. Happy New Year!
Lisa Johnson said…
sd - All the best in 2010!

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