Peanut Thumbprint Cookies with Cinnamon Vanilla Pear Jelly

Peanut Thumbprint Cookies with Cinnamon Vanilla Pear Jelly
Recipe Date:
February 18, 2022
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Imperial (US)
A West Texas twist on the classic thumbprint cookie.
  • 2/3 cup chopped honey-roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsps lemon or orange zest (extract will work in a pinch)
  • 2/3 cup chopped salted, roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup FHV Cinnamon Vanilla Pear Jelly

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease them 

2. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together 1 cup peanuts and 1/2 cup flour until the nuts are coarsely ground. Pulse in remaining flour, sugar, salt and nutmeg, then add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Pulse in the egg yolks, vanilla extract and zest. Continue to pulse until the dough is well combined and starts to clump (but doesn’t form a ball).

3. Working with 1 tablespoon of dough at a time, form the mixture into 1-inch balls.

4. Put the egg whites in a shallow bowl, then beat them lightly with a fork until frothy. Put the remaining 2/3 cup chopped honey-roasted peanuts in another shallow bowl, and stir in the salted, roasted peanuts.

5.Dunk each ball of dough first in egg whites, then in the nuts, rolling to coat the balls well. Place the balls on the baking sheets 2 inches apart. Using your thumb, press an indentation in the center of each round of dough.

6. Using a small spoon (an espresso spoon works well), fill the indentations with jam. Bake until the edges of the cookies are just golden, 12 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.