Sten’s Walnut Thumbprints
When I asked Sten if he would share his favorite recipe, his response was a predictable “No.” Fortunately, his companions were more forthcoming
- 1 cup butter
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup finely ground walnuts
- 1 cup seedless raspberry jam
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and the vanilla extract and mix to combine. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, salt, cinnamon, and ground walnuts. Add to the butter mixture and mix thoroughly.
Pinch off balls of dough the size of a walnut and place 2 inches apart on the parchment paper.
Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes, remove the pan from the oven, and press your thumb (or the handle of a potato masher) into each cookie, being sure not to press too deeply. Discipline is required. Fill the hollow with jam and return the cookie sheet to the oven for an additional 6-8 minutes, depending upon your perception of the size of a walnut and the depth and diameter of the jam well.
Sten often substitutes almonds for the walnuts and apricot jam for the raspberry. Good with tea and incense.
I wish you could romance Sten, and was sad when I found that no one had modded the game to make him so.