Ina Garten takes classic Christmas thumbprint cookies and elevates the traditional treat with a barefoot countess turn. Her recipe adds a key ingredient, plus she has an “obsessive” trick that guarantees a perfect cookie.
Ina Garten bakes her favorite jam cookies for Christmas
Garten has a few Christmas cookie favorites, including her jam prints. She showed how to make the easy cookie recipe on an episode of barefoot countess.
“Instead of spending a fortune on Christmas presents, I think it’s so much more enjoyable to bake cookies for people,” Garten said. “So I’m going to make my favorite jam prints.”
Garten mixed the butter, sugar and vanilla in a blender and blended everything together. She sifted the flour and salt into another bowl then added it to the butter and sugar while the mixer was running on low speed. Once the dough was together, she turned it out on a floured board, rolled it into a flat disc, wrapped it in plastic wrap, and refrigerated it for 30 minutes.
Ina Garten has an easy ‘obsessive’ trick and secret ingredient for her fingerprint cookies
Once the dough has cooled, Garten shared her easy trick for making the perfect sized cookies. She said her “obsessive” advice was to weigh the cookie dough before rolling it into a ball. “It’s cold but not really cold and hard,” she explained. “And being obsessed as I am, I’m going to weigh each one and it’s great if each one weighs around an ounce.”
the barefoot countess star also shared the one ingredient that makes her fingerprint cookies even more special. She dipped each cookie ball in egg wash (a mixture of egg and water), then rolled it in coconut. “It’s great because the coconut is toasted when you cook it,” Garten explained.
She placed the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and made a small indentation in each ball with her finger. Then she dropped ¼ teaspoon of raspberry jam on some cookies and apricot jam on others.
“And then when it bakes, the jam gets into the cookie,” Garten said. “It is so good.”
She baked the cookies in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20-25 minutes until the coconut was golden brown. “And the coconut will be crispy and flavorful,” Garten explained. “I love these jam thumbprints.”
The full recipe is available on the Food Network website.
‘The Barefoot Contessa’ star’s thumbprint cookies get rave reviews
Garten’s Jam Fingerprint Cookie Recipe gets solid 5-star reviews. Many of her fans have left comments about how the cookies have become a Christmas favorite.
“So tasty. Made these for Christmas and everyone raved about them,” wrote one fan. Another commented, “Love this recipe! I used my own homemade peach jam. will be one of my favorite Christmas cookies!”
Another reviewer shared, “One of the best cookie recipes ever!! I prepare them exactly as the recipe calls for…perfect! They are a family favorite that I make at Christmas.
One reviewer called the fingerprint cookies “amazing”, explaining, “I make them every year for Christmas and they are always a big hit!!!”
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