Friday, April 8, 2011

betty and beth...

A "Thelma and Louise" if you will, of the Raspberry Thumbprint cookies. I have a vision of Jewel Cashier Betty, mindful and mild mannered during her day job, then (along with Beth) fighting bakery crimes across the land, or maybe just in the Midwest, in a passionate and studied manner. I'm OK with that.

-angelo


This is not the sexiest cookie. It doesn't photograph particularly well. But what it lacks in flash, it more than makes up for in flavor. Chocolate and raspberry? Fugghedaboutit. A match made in heaven.

A few tips: 1) Seeded raspberry preserves have more flavor than seedless, it's true, but you really don't want seeds in your cookie, do you? No, you don't. I use Polaner seedless raspberry preserves, but it would be worth trying these with another brand. I've just never gotten around to it. 2) I use a tomato shark to make the indentation. I like the perfect rounded bowl shape of it. I smoosh it into the dough to grease it, then dip it into a little dish of flour, tapping off the excess before indenting each cookie. If you have a set of stainless measuring spoons, the kind with the very round bowls, the 1/4 teaspoon will work nicely, too.

This recipe, you'll note, was given to me by Betty, a cashier at my local Jewel. You never know where a great recipe will come from.

Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprints
(From Betty, the Cashier at Jewel)

1 1/2 C. butter
1 C. sugar
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
3 C. flour
1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa
1 C. semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
2/3 C. raspberry preserves

Heat oven to 350. Beat butter and sugar together. Add other ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips. Roll level tablespoonfuls into balls. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Indent and fill with preserves. Bake 12-15 minutes or until set.

4 comments:

Beth said...

i guess I better go shopping for a convertible.

Beth said...

Oh, and despite her sweet name, Betty is anything but mild mannered. She wears glasses with smoke-colored lenses and she doesn't take any guff from less-than-favorite customers. And speaking of smoke, she has a fabulous voice. She's awesome.

angelo said...

I like that version of Betty even better. Raspberry Red for the convertible.

Beth said...

Ooh, yes on the color of the car.

With a chocolate-colored leather interior!

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