Friday, July 9, 2010

Thumbprint Cookies with Fine's Sour Cherry Jam

We have a gorgeous Cherry tree in our yard.  Unfortunately I left home for the summer before any cherries were ripe so none for me this year or for the blog :-(  The dwarf goat likes to stand on the chicken house and eat them right off the tree.

Our Cherry Tree in Bloom
My mother in law, Fine, makes preserves out of all the fruits from the trees on our property. She has a huge closet full of them.

In anticipation of spending several months away from home, I pulled everything out of the freezer and found dough from the four ingredient cookie I like to make different versions of. The recipe is from a 37 year old German cookbook I bought in the local thrift store.

I also had a bit of leftover hazelnut marzipan so I layered it in with the jam on some of the cookies. It was a winner. Great taste combo.

Four Ingredient Thumbprint Cookies 

(Source:  GUTEN APPETIT, Ein Farbiges Kockbuch

Publisher: Olde Hansen 1972)

  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 + 1/2 Cups of Flour

  • Preheat oven to 325 Degrees F
  • Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy .
  • Add egg yolk and mix thoroughly.
  • Knead in the flour.
  • Roll into balls, flatten out on a baking sheet and make impression in the center with the handle of a wooden spoon.
  • Bake for 10 -12 minutes.
  • Transfer to a wire rack.
  • When cooled, fill a pastry bag with jam (recipe below) or whatever filling you like and pipe it into the middle.

Fine's Sour Cherry Preserves


  • 1 Kilo sour cherries
  • 1Kilo of jelly sugar


  • Wash and pit the cherries.
  • Shred cherries using a hand mixer or blender.
  • Mix with sugar.
  • Cook in saucepan on a med-low heat until it boils.
  • Lower heat and cook four minutes more.
  • Let cool and fill in glass jars.


  1. Yummm!
    Thanks for posting my Sugar Cookie button!

  2. The jam cookies look a lot like the Jelly Cookies I have on my blog. I have German ancestors - so who knows - maybe they came from the same place. I just had them last week.



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