12 Days of Cookies Day 7: Cherry Poppyseed Thumbprints

In today’s installment of the “12 Days of Cookies,” Elizabeth visits the home of baking instructor Nancy Burgeson to put a twist on the classic jam-filled thumbprint cookie by incorporating cherries and poppy seeds.

Each of our cookie recipes is paired with a delicious flavor of Bridgeman’s Ice Cream this year. Nancy says Bridgeman’s Cherry Ice Cream would be a perfect addition to her Cherry Poppyseed Thumbprints.

Bridgeman’s Ice Cream has been stirring up sweet memories for over 80 years when the original Bridgeman’s Ice Cream Shoppe opened its doors back in 1936. They have 14 different flavors including their holiday flavor, Peppermint Krisp. Look for Bridgeman’s Ice Cream at Hy-Vee, Kowalski’s, Von Hanson’s Meats, Oxendale’s or your local family market or check out Bridgemans.com to find a retail location near you.

Cherry Poppyseed Thumbprints

1 cup softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla or Almond extract
½ cup cherry or raspberry preserves or ½ or whole cherries
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
2 Tblsp. poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cream together butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix in flour, salt, and poppy seeds until well blended. Drop dough from a cookie scoop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Make an indention in the middle of each cookie with your finger. If the dough is too sticky, dip your finger in water first. Fill each hole with about half teaspoon of preserves.

1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. almond or vanilla flavoring
enough water to make a spreading consistency
Drizzle over cookies.

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