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Dec 12, 2005 02:26 PM

For Katie Nell & Snackish...Blackberry-Sage Cornmeal Thumbprints Recipe

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Here is the recipe you requested. As I mentioned, this won "best cookie" at a cookie exchange I attended last year.

Everyone (even my family) liked it better than I did--only gave it a 7 out of 10 when I tasted it. But, it did grow on me!

Blackberry-Sage Cornmeal Thumbprints

2 cups flour
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup unsalted butter -- room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large egg YOLKS
2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel -- (or 1/8 teas. lemon oil)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
5 teaspoons fresh minced sage -- (or 1 1/2 tsp dried, crushed)
3/4 cup blackberry preserves -- room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 convection).

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and beat until combined, scraping sides of the bowl to fully incorporate. Beat in the egg yolks, lemon peel (or lemon oil), vanilla, and minced sage until combined. Add the flour in 3 increments, beating until all is incorporated. Cover and refrigerate batter for 1 hour.

Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls and place them 2-inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet (I line with a Silpat). Using the end of a wooden spoon (I use the nipple of a baby bottle), press into the center of each ball of dough. Drop about 1/4 teaspoon of the blackberry preserves into each indentation. (Optional: garnish cookies with a tiny sage leaf, if desired.) Place prepared cookies into the freezer for 15 minutes prior to baking for best results.

Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on a cookie sheet for 1 minute, then transfer to wire racks to cool.

This is an adaptation of a Better Homes and Garden 2001 Grand Prize winning cookie from their Holiday Baking magazine.

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  1. 7 out of 10 ain't bad! ;-) I think it just sounds like an interesting combination of flavors, and I love sage and I love blackberry! It seems like the cookies that everyone always likes the best, I don't think are that great, but the cookies I love, everyone else could care less about... oh well, more for me! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. re: Katie Nell

      Funny thing is, the group at the cookie exchange were "family circle" type cooks, which is why I was surprised that these won--they are not very sweet and have an unusual/more savory texture due to the cornmeal. (Let me know what you think if you make them.)

    2. I rarely bake because I have a Manhattan Barbie kitchen with no counter space...but I thought this recipe rocked and I sent it to my friend who bakes all the time, and she's going to make them. Will report back.

      1. Funwithfood- I *finally* made these this weekend because my dad had to harvest his sage and I received a HUGE bag of sage leaves to use! My dad loved them so that made me happy since he gave me the inspiration! I have to agree with you though- I wasn't crazy about them, I really liked the flavor, but didn't care for the cornmeal crunch. I don't know if cornmeal comes in different degrees of texture or not, but mine seemed really coarse? I really loved the blackberry and sage combo though, so I might combine that into a different thumbprint cookie recipe. Sorry it took me so long to make them and thanks again for the recipe!

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        1. re: Katie Nell

          I forgot I took a picture too! Sadly, not too long after, my husband dropped those trays when he was cleaning the kitchen and they shattered! (I loved them, but he felt bad enough, so I didn't make a big deal out of it!)

        2. I haven't tried this (yet) but it's sort of along the same lines: Cheddar Thumbprints with Raspberry Jam