STRAWBERRY NUTELLA THUMBPRINT COOKIES
My friend was hosting”Summer’s last blast” and me thought….”Don’t let summer end without making something with strawberries”…..and then was born these Strawberry Nutella thumbprint cookies.This was my first attempt at baking cookies so was a little anxious as to how they would turn out.I knew it was a success when the aroma of fresh baked cookies wafted through the air….smelt so” bakery”ish……and the baker in me was delighted ….one more milestone on the culinary path!The annual end of the season here is celebrated with music & good food ,what better way then join in the tradition of celebrating your joyous spirit.Summer is soon coming to an end and one does not have to check the calender as its pretty evident with the” back to school” sales which confirm it.Its only natural to savor the last warm weather days & the still mild nights though I can honestly say I’m not ready to put my flip flops away or soak in the beautiful sunshine.Each season brings its own magic & hope…so enjoy these warm cookies with a cup of cofee or cold milk.
1.Strawberries-4-5 ( real red ones add to the color,one can add food color if more pink/red is required)
2.Maida/All purpose flour- 2 cups
3.Baking powder- 1/4 tsp
4.Salt- a pinch
5.Unsalted butter- 4 tbsp( preferably at room temperature)
6.Sugar- 6 tbsp(granulated or confectioners,either works)
7.Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp
8.Nutella- for filling
1.Make a thick paste of the strawberries with a blender (Coarse mix should be fine too, as long as its not too runny or watery,since it holds the dough better)
2.Sift the maida/flour,baking powder & salt together & set it aside.
3.Mix the butter, granulated sugar with a hand mixer or a whisk to soften the butter sugar mix.
4.Now add the vanilla extract to the strawberry paste & then pour it gently along with the butter sugar mix into the bowl of sifted flour.
5.Fold in the flour mixture with the butter mixture gently, do not mix it too hard,it will be soft & sticky but not loose.Now put this dough mix away in the refrigerator for an hour or two, with a plastic wrap on top,so that it becomes a little thick & is not too paste like to make small balls out of.Remove them from the refrigerator & then get the oven started.
6.Preheat oven at 350 F for 10 minutes.
7.Make small balls with the dough & gently place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
8. Grease your hands with oil and then gently press these small balls on the baking sheet to flatten them, then with your thumb make a print in the center of the flattened ball ,so that later you can fill it with Nutella when it cools down(One can also use the smallest spoon measure to create that circle in the center).
9.Place them in the oven for 8-10 minutes only until the base turns color,then pull the tray/baking sheet out & press the center again with your thumb or back of the spoon & put them back again in the oven for another 2-3 minutes.( make sure they are not too hot to put your thumb in , at this point you can use the back of the measuring spoon).This step has to be done before the cookies start to cool down since after that they become hard & one cannot make those thumbprints in the center.
10.Allow the cookies to cool outside the oven & then fill them up with nutella in the center & seve them with a glass of cold milk.
Hoping each one of you have as much fun eating these cookies as the cookie monster does.Enjoy.