Friday, April 3, 2020

Pinole Azul + Blackberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies #ShelterinPlaceCooking

As we ended Day 16 of our shelter-in-place order, I rummaged through my cabinets for inspiration to bake cookies. I came across two bags of Pinole Azul from Rancho Gordo, which is a ground, spiced blue corn flour used to make Atole. I decided that it could substitute for ground nuts since I didn't have any. If you don't have any Pinole Azul, feel free to use masa harina in its place. Just add in some extra cinnamon.

I also found a jar of Blackberry Lemon Summer Jam from Happy Girl Kitchen Co. What I love about thumbprint cookies is their flexibility. You can use any kind of jam or jelly; and you can get that added texture with anything from ground nuts to a coarser grind of flour. Be creative. It's the perfect #ShelterinPlace recipe that allows you to rummage through your cabinets and still make a delicious cookie!

Ingredients makes approximately 30 cookies
  • 3/4 C butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 C organic granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C flour
  • 1/2 C Pinole Azul (or masa harina + 1/2 t ground cinnamon)
  • 1 t pure lemon extract
  • 1 t limoncello (or vodka, gin, or water works just as well)
  • jam or jelly (I used Happy Girl Kitchen Co.'s Blackberry Lemon Summer Jam)


Preheat oven to 325°F. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the eggs until incorporated. Stir in the flour and Pinole Azul until a flaky dough is formed. Add in the limoncello and pure lemon extract, gently working the dough until it forms a ball.  
Pinch off pieces of dough and form into small balls, about the size of a walnut in its shell. Place each ball onto the baking stone or parchment-lined baking sheet, pressing a "thumbprint" into the center of each and slightly flattening. The cookies will not spread, so make them the size that you want!

Spoon about 1/2 t jam into each thumbprint. Bake until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cookies cool for several minutes on the sheet before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

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