I've always been a big advocate of having my children help out in the kitchen. Both of mine were under two when they started participating and helping out with cooking and baking. At ages six and nine, they can make a good variety of simple items, are comfortable using a variety of kitchen tools, including knives, and really seem to enjoy cooking with me. This week I'm sharing my recipe for Orange Thumbprint Cookies.
The other day, my son and I were making sugar cookies and were met with a big fail. While the end result did taste great, the dough would just not roll out or cut. I gave up and we just rolled balls and baked plain round cookies. As we were doing that, I mentioned that they reminded me of thumbprint cookies, with all the rolled balls of dough. Of course, he wanted to know more about those cookies, so I dug out a favorite recipe of mine and realized it would be a perfect kid-bake/mom-observe recipe for my two. We'll be making it later this week, once the sugar cookies have been eaten!
Orange Thumbprint Cookies:
3 3/4 cup flour
1 1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 egg yolk (separate from white)
jam of choice for filling
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Cream butter and sugar together, then stir in egg yolk.
Blend in orange juice, then slowly add flour until dough forms.
Roll teaspoons of dough into small balls and place on parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
Press center to leave an indentation, but not so deep as to push through to the bottom of the pan.
Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and use a teaspoon to fill indentations with jam.
Return to oven and bake 5 additional minutes.
Cool on racks before serving.
What are you cooking this week?