When I was a kid, I used to make these cookies at my Aunt Jo’s house almost every time I visited. We would sit together in the kitchen with fancy cups of tea and snack on them hot from the oven. I loved their buttery texture and jammy center, but I have a feeling my aunt loved them because they were easy enough for a kid to make. Instead of having to shape and fill individual thumbprint cookies, this ingenious shortcut version simplifies the process by baking logs of dough with a trough of jam down the center. After a quick bake, just slice the logs into cookies and they’re ready for a holiday cookie plate, or a cozy visit with a relative.
Game plan: Using a very smooth jam makes it easier to pipe an even layer into the center of the dough logs.
This recipe was featured as part of our Crazy-Easy Christmas Cookies.