Baking, Something sweet

Thumbprint biscuits

These are quick and easy and great to make with children and are like mini-jam tarts. This recipe will make about 20.

So what do you need?

  • 200g plain (all purpose) flour
  • 100g softened butter (salted is fine or add a pinch of salt if you use unsalted)
  • 70g sugar
  • 1 small free-range egg
  • 1tsp vanilla essence (optional)
  • Some jam – whatever flavour(s) you prefer

So what do you do?

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees C / 360 F. Then In a bowl, with a wooden spoon, blend the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, the stir fry n the vanilla essence and the egg, beaten. Sift in the flour and mix together to make a soft dough. Form a ball with the dough then roll it on a floured work surface to make a sausage shape about 4-5cm thick. Then with a sharp knife cut slices from the sausage, under 1cm thick. Put these on a greased and floured baking no sheet, or on a baking sheet covered with baking parchment. Leave a little space between each biscuit. Then with your thumb press an indent in the centre of each biscuit.Next with a teaspoon fill each indent with jam, don’t overfill it or the jam wiIl overflow when you cook the biscuits. I used marmalade in some and blueberry jam in others, choose whatever jam you prefer. Different colours look good.

Next put the biscuits on the middle shelf of the oven and cook for about 15 minutes until they are golden brown and the jam is bubbling. Check after about 12 minutes just in case your oven is hot and they cook quicker.

Cool them on a cooling rack and then enjoy eating them!

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