Friday, December 7, 2012

Plum Jam Thumbprint Cookies with Almonds

Christmas is one of the best times of the year because it's all about being sweet.  I'm not just talking about being sweet to each other but also about all the delicious Christmas cookies that folks traditionally bake for the holidays.   One of my favorite cookies is a thumbprint with a jammy center.  This year I decided to make it even more Christmas-y and put some plum jam inside them.  They were perfect.  I made two sizes, the normal size and a little miniature one bite cookie.  I loved those one bite cookies.  If you leave these for Santa....he will definitely be happy.


Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix ( I used Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix)
2 eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
crushed almonds as needed (about 2-3oz)
Plum jam as needed ( or any jam you prefer... strawberry, raspberry, grape, etc...)


Directions:
Mix eggs, oil and cake mix until it forms a cookie batter.  Form into round balls and roll in crushed almonds.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and press thumb into each center to make a well.  Fill well with desired jam and bake in a 350 degree oven for 13-15 minutes (or until edges of cookies begin to brown).   Allow to cool on baking sheet.  Store in airtight container. Enjoy.

Note:  I made two sizes with these cookies.  The larger cookies were about the size of a walnut ball and the small cookies the size of a large marble.    I recommend the smaller version because they are more festive and cute.

 



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21 comments:

  1. Mmmmmm...we were both on the same wavelength with our cookies today! Yours are gorgeous...and I LOVE the idea of plum jam...so yummy!

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  2. Your cookies are gorgeous, Ramona! I love thumbprint cookies and plum jam is a great choice! :)

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  3. Love the idea of almonds in your thumbprint cookies. Looks pretty and delicious!

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  4. Those look so cool! I love that you used funfetti. You know Dudette would be all over that plate of cookies. And I agree with Liz; plum jam is delicious.

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  5. looks irresistible....love it..;)

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  6. I saw on facebook that you posted a cookie recipe, so I hop right on over because I am always curious if you will bite the bullet and try again from scratch instead of the cake mix. LOL! Only because I can never make the ones with cake mix due to the flour issue. These look yummy though!

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  7. How adorable! Love thumbprint cookies - especially with plum jam! So festive!

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  8. What a cool idea! I love all these festive holiday cookies :) I can't wait to check back tomorrow for more cool treats.

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  9. I'd like these sugar plums dancing into my tummy. What a fun cookie for the holidays.

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  10. Pretty and fun cookies!! Glad to be baking along with you this week!

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  11. Plums and almonds are a fantastic combination...and I love the sound of these cookies. I didn't even realize that they were a spiffed-up cake mix cookie. Cool!

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  12. What yummy looking cookies. I just love baked treats with plums. Sounds like it's going to be a great week:)

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  13. Ramona...you are SO clever when it comes to cake mixes! I'm always amazed at your creativity! I hope you are well and I miss you! (Ann from the old Cooking Healthy For Me!)

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  14. It's not bad if I want to eat them all, is it?

    Happy day #1 Ramona!

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  15. As I get more frazzled with more Christmas activities, cake box mixes will be my new best friend.

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  16. These look easy and delicious! Gotta love plum jam. :)

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  17. These cookies are just stunning! And I can't think of a better jam than plum jam. This is definitely a must-try in my book!

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  18. So happy that you are a part of this. Your thumbprints look great and I am saving the recipe.

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  19. I love this picture! The cookies look amazing! Love, love, love the plum jam!

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  20. Okay these are wickedly adorable. I love thumbprint cookies. The almonds and plum jam make these sheer perfection.

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