Thumbprint Cookies and Cookbook Giveaway Update

Last week, I went to my parents' house to help my mom bake some Christmas cookies.  She tends to make a lot, so I brought my stand mixer to help out with the batter.  I figured while I was there, I'd make some cookies myself.  I had 3 recipes to make, one was thumbprint cookies, one was a sandwich type cookie, and the other was a peanut butter filled pretzel sandwich.  I started off with these thumbprint cookies that I found on Two Peas and Their Pod.  Of course, I failed to read the part of the recipe that said it only made 10 cookies, so when I ran out of dough by the time I made 9 cookies, I was slightly confused.  It made us laugh and then I gave up on making my cookies.  The 9 cookies I did make, however, were absolutely delicious!  I will definitely make them again, but I may have to double or triple the recipe.

1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons Sugar
4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup Flour
1/4 cup Jam

Place 3 tablespoons of sugar in a small bowl and set aside.  Put the butter and the remaining sugar in a medium bowl.  Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until creamy and blended, about 1 minute.  Add the flour.  Beat on medium-low speed until just blended, about 1 minute.  Using your hands, press and roll the dough into 1-inch balls.  Roll the balls in the reserved sugar and arrange on a  cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper (or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray).  Using a finger, press down into the middle of each ball to make a well that is almost to the bottom.  Bake at 350 degrees until the tops look dry, 12-14 minutes.  Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes before removing from the cookie sheet and placing them onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Just before serving, fill each indent with a spoonful of jam.

**Onto the Emeril Lagasse Delmonico cookbook giveaway update.  I am still waiting to hear from Kristen to claim her prize.  Please email me with your address so that I can send you your cookbook!  If I do not hear back from you by Wednesday, December 22nd at 11:59pm EST, I will choose another winner.