Recipe: Pomegranate-almond thumbprints are a twist on traditional favorite
Pomegranate jelly glistens in almond thumbprints.
(Photos: Debbie Arrington)
When I’m lucky enough to have a good crop of pomegranates, I make pomegranate jelly.
What do you do with pomegranate jelly? Try it in thumbprints.
Besides the usual jelly things (such as on top of toast or to glaze meat), sweet-tart pomegranate jelly has a special asset during the holidays: Its beautiful red color.
In a traditional thumbprint cookie, pomegranate jelly glistens like ruby glass. It’s also a pretty and tasty touch to other filled cookies such as Valentine’s Day hearts.
The combination of pomegranate and almonds make these thumbprints very Central Californian, too. These are both tastes of our Valley.
Got pomegranates? Here’s my jelly recipe: https://sacdigsgardening.blogspot.com/2019/12/pomegranate-jelly-colors-season.html
As for the thumbprints, use your first knuckle instead of your thumb to create a deeper well for the filling. While baking, that hole will get smaller as the cookie dough expands.
Warming the jelly makes it easier to spoon into those little holes.
Use a knuckle rather than thumb to indent the
cookies produces a deeper well for the jelly. The wells
shrink when the cookies are baked.
¼ cup butter, softened
¼ cup shortening
¼ cup golden brown sugar, packed
2 eggs, separated
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup almonds, finely chopped
¼ cup pomegranate jelly
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
With a pastry blender or fork in a large bowl, blend together butter and shortening. Add brown sugar, egg yolks and vanilla.
Sift together flour and salt. Add flour mixture gradually to bowl, working it into the butter mixture to create a soft dough.
Roll dough into balls, 1 tablespoon of dough at a time. (Refrigerate dough if it gets too soft and sticky.) Balls will be a little over an inch wide in size.
Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper (optional). Otherwise, use an ungreased cookie sheet.
Pomegranate jelly glistens in these cookies, which also would
be good to bake for Valentine's Day.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. (Don’t bake too long; they’ll get hard!) Cookies will be lightly browned. Remove promptly from cookie sheet. Let cool.
Warm pomegranate jelly in microwave on MEDIUM for 10 to 15 seconds. Stir. Spoon about ½ teaspoon of jelly into each cookie. Let cool.
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For week of June 4:
Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.
* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.
* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.
* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.
* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.
* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.
* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.
* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.
* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.
* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.
* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.
* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.
* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.
* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.
* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.
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