I love thumbprint cookies, and these Poppy Seed Thumbprints are just special enough to make a great treat for Valentine’s Day. To make them extra special, roll your cookies in sugar before baking.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon orange liqueur like Grand Mariner, or if you prefer not to use alcohol, you can use orange juice
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup red current jelly, or your favorite flavor – I made mine with homemade blackberry jelly
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl.
- Add egg yolks, liqueur, and zest, beating until well mixed. Scrape the bowl as needed.
- Add flour, salt and poppy seeds. Beat until well mixed. – This is the driest cookie dough I have ever worked with, but don’t worry, the results are great.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls, placing 2-inches apart on your cookie sheet.
- Roll in sugar (optional)
- Make an indention in the center of each cookie with your thumb, or the back of a spoon.
- Bake 9-11 minutes, until bottom edges are lightly browned.
- If indention puffs up while baking, press back down as soon as you remove the cookies from the oven.
- Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Melt jelly – you can do this by microwaving it small amounts on high for 30-45 seconds.
- Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of melted jelly into each of your cookies. Allow jelly to cool.