Happy Tuesday…four days and counting. Before it was too late, I wanted to share my original recipes featuring holiday jam!
This has been my busiest holiday season in a long while and I believe one of the reasons is spending time in the kitchen to create my own original recipes!
I enjoy doing this…it is fun!
By the way, this is not a sponsored post…just something I wanted to do because I like the product!
MY ORIGINAL RECIPE FOR THUMBPRINT COOKIES
During my Texas Hill Country adventures with Leigh Ann, I was introduced to Stonewall Kitchen Jams.
When I tasted their holiday jam, I immediately thought…I can work with this…and make creations perfect for either family or to gift for friends.
Naturally, a thumbprint cookie was a good place to start! I took an old Betty Crocker recipe and tweaked the ingredients a bit and the process, and that is what makes it my own original.
PAMELA’S ORIGINAL THUMBPRINT COOKIES
You will need:
½ cup of butter, soft
½ cup of butter flavored shortening
½ cup of packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, separated (I originally won the little yellow egg separator at a Tupperware party…it is perhaps over 30 years old!)
2 cups of all- purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon (I added this to the dough to complement the seasonal spices in the jam)
2 cups finely chopped, roasted walnuts. (tastes so much better if the nuts are roasted. Just place in the over at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or watch so they are toasty but not black!)
- Mix the brown sugar, shortening, butter, vanilla, and egg yolks in medium bowl well.
- Stir in the flour, cinnamon, and salt until the dough holds together.
- This is the important part: Freeze this dough or place in the refrigerator at least for 24 hours.
4. After the dough has chilled and you are ready to cook, beat the egg whites slightly. They wait for you just fine in the refrigerator while the dough is chilling. Then shape the dough into 1-inch balls, roll in the egg white, then in the nuts, and place on a parchment paper on your cookie sheet. Of course, don’t forget, to press your thumb deeply in the center of each one.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on how soft you like your cookies) at 350. Immediately take the cookies from the baking sheet to a wire rack. Cool completely about 30 minutes and then fill the cavity with your HOLIDAY JAM…or favorite jam. Filling the thumbprints will be easier if you zap the jam in the microwave and warm it before use.
These were gifted to a neighbor, and Mr. B ate his fill! I also made some rolled in roasted coconut, but the ones in walnuts were the best.
MY ORIGINAL RECIPE FOR HOLIDAY BREAD
I have been making this recipe with strawberry jam for years, and decided to tweak it with the holiday jam.
I bet it is also good with the Stonewall Kitchen Strawberry Champagne Jam.
I am going to try it soon!!
PAMELA’S ORIGINAL RECIPE FOR JAM BREAD
You will need:
1 cup of softened butter
1 ½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon lemon extract
3 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 whole 12.5 oz jar of Stonewall Holiday Jam
½ cup dairy sour cream
1 cup broken roasted walnut pieces
- In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla and lemon extract until fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Whisk or sift together the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and soda in a small bowl.
- In another small bowl, combine the jam and sour cream and mix well.
- Add the jam mixture alternately with the flour mixture, mixing well after each addition.
- Stir in the nuts.
- Divide into three large loaves, or five small ones and cook at 350 for 55 minutes
This bread is popular with the adults I cook it for…HOWEVER, my three grandsons (ages 8,6, and 3) said it was not good with the nuts…and to leave them out and try again!
I have gifted this bread before with flavored cream cheese spread…so good with the cream cheese! This is good for Christmas brunch!
This is not my creation, but my daughter-in-law’s “Christmas tree” charcuterie board, she made for a party this past weekend. Another great way to feature the holiday jam and cream cheese spreads.
FINALLY…ACCESSORIZING MY APRON
I have been cooking so much this year, and will be on Christmas Day, I decided to accessorize my Christmas aprons (there are two) with brooches!
Love to add this touch to my aprons…so much fun!
There are so many beautiful brooches for sale at all I price points…I want to add a few to my 2022 style and wear more than on my aprons! Here are some lovelies….
I hope my original recipes featuring the holiday jam have given you some ideas. I highly recommend the jam…even if only on a piece of your favorite toast.
Thanks so much for joining me as we count down to Christmas…I will have fun for you everyday…and the regular double WOULD YOU WEAR IT will be tomorrow…this week only!
By Pamela Lutrell
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