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Blackberry Sage Thumbprints

Though it might not seem like a perfect pairing, the sage and blackberry in these thumbprint cookies are a spectacular combination. The recipe is excerpted from Camilla Saulsbury's The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book, so the cookies come together with minimal time, ingredients and effort in the kitchen, and the end result is positively delicious!

Blackberry Sage Thumbprints

Blackberry Sage Thumbprints

  • Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons rubbed dry sage
  • 1 roll (16.5-ounce) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, well chilled
  • 1/2 cup blackberry preserves or jam

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine the sugar and sage in a small dish; set aside.

Cut cookie dough into 12 equal slices. Cut each slice in half. Roll each piece into a ball; roll balls in sugar mixture. Place balls 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden at edges. Remove cookies from oven and immediately make a depression in each cookie with thumb or cork; fill each with a teaspoon of jam or preserves. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely.

Makes 24 cookies

Recipe Notes:
If you'd like a cookie that's a little less sweet, cut back on the amount of blackberry preserves on each thumbprint.


The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book

by Camilla Saulsbury

Hardcover & Digital (432 pages)

The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book

Though we love baking from scratch, it's nice to have a quick and easy way to bake homemade cookies when you're pressed for time. That's when Camilla Saulsbury's The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book becomes an invaluable resource to have on hand.

Saulsbury has created a collection of 745 recipes for baked goods that start off with prepared ingredients like cake mix, brownie mix, cereal or refrigerated cookie dough. The recipes require little time and effort in the kitchen, but the results are always delicious.

The book is organized so you can browse by ingredient (i.e. brownie mix recipes) or by type (i.e. drop cookies). There's also a section on Cookies 101 and on making icings, frostings and fillings to accompany many of the cookies.

Here are a few of the recipes that caught our eye:
  • Cinnamon Stick Chocolate Biscotti ~ delicious biscotti that start with a brownie mix are dipped in melted cinnamon chips for a warm, spicy flavor
  • Dried Apple Cider Cookies ~ a yellow cake is the foundation for these chewy cookies with bits of dried apple and chopped walnuts
  • Lemon-Thyme Sugar Cookies ~ refrigerated cookie dough gets a flavor makeover with tangy lemon zest, fresh thyme, chopped almonds and a lemon icing

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