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Need I say more? The perfect tea time treat ... we 're having ours with a pot of classic Earl Grey.
Black Cherry Thumbprints in Almond Dust
1 c. softened butter (2 sticks)⅔ c. granulated sugar
2 egg yolks (reserve the egg whites in a small bowl)
2 ½ c. all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. kirschwasser (cherry schnapps)
½ c. almonds, whizzed to fine dust in the blenderEgg whites and ½ tsp. water whisked to a foamy liquid
½ to ¾ c. black cherry preserves, chilled
Making the Cookies:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
- Whip the softened butter and sugar until the sugar is just barely holding its granulated state.
- Add the egg yolks and whip to make a bright yellow creamy mass.
- By hand, mix in the flour until a shaggy dough forms.
- Sprinkle on the vanilla and kirschwasser and mix with your hands until the dough forms a smooth ball.
- Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Break off chunks of dough and squeeze and roll to make small balls the size of a walnut. Roll all the balls at once, placing about 20 per cookie sheet.
- Place the almond dust in a small bowl alongside the bowl of foamy egg white wash.
- Dip each cookie ball halfway up in the egg wash, roll in the almond dust and place dusty side up on the cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with your hand.
- When all the cookies are dipped and rolled and flattened, use the round handle end of a wooden spoon to make a shallow indentation in the top center of the cookies. I twist the handle gently while using my free hand to pinch any cracks around the edge of the cookies closed as best I can.
- Bake the cookies for 15 to 16 minutes in the pre-heated oven.
- Remove before the cookies brown. They should just be starting to take on a golden look an should still be quite soft.
- Let them cool on the cookie sheets for several minutes. Then, transfer them to pretty plates and spoon a dollop of black cherry preserves into the indentations.
- Store loosely covered with plastic wrap or a huge plastic bowl lowered over the plate.