Aren't these pretty?! I am using so many recipes that I find on Pinterest lately! These Thumbprint Cookies caught my eye because they had been rolled in white non-pareils before baking, and then filled with pink buttercream! I loved how they looked and I thought they would be even prettier with colored non-pareils instead of white. I already had some leftover pink marshmallow fluff buttercream from my latest French Macaron recipe! Yum!
The recipe said to roll the dough into balls, then dip the balls first into an egg wash, then into the non-pareils. I thought, why not skip the egg wash step and just see if the non-pareils will stick to the dough without it. Well, it worked and with a lot less mess! The photo above shows the cookies before baking.....
....and this is what they look like after baking. There is still plenty of the indentation so that you don't need to redo it after baking. Here's your bonus helpful hint of the day - I actually use a little thimble to make the indentations in the cookies before baking and it works like a charm! Just pop the thimble on your finger or thumb and gently press and roll it around in a circle!
Make them one color or as many as you like! I thought the pink & yellow combination was pretty!
I got the recipe from An American Cupcake in London. I adore this recipe because the cookie dough is so easy to work with and because the cookies are wonderful! The recipe says to bake them for 20-25 minutes. I baked mine for 25 minutes. The cookie turns out crunchy and I really like the extra crunch that the non-pareils give. The buttercream, of course, makes the cookie a little sweeter, but I think they would be really cute for a tea party or shower.
What I really like about these cookies is that you can color coordinate the non-pareils and buttercream to the colors of your party.......and that brings me to the tutorial for today! Did you know that you can make your own custom sprinkles?
I made these sprinkles using a box of white non-pareils from here, and a powdered food coloring kit from here. All you have to do is stir the powdered food color into the white non-pareils until you get the color that you want!
How easy is that?! Now I know many of you won't want to buy sprinkles in bulk, but if you bake on a regular basis or are planning a wedding reception or shower, this could come in handy!
So if you are looking for a really good go to Thumbprint Cookie, this might just be the one you are looking for! It would also be a lovely addition to your Easter Sweets table - or for any occasion! Have a great day!! xo Jina