Tuesday, September 23, 2014

#10DaysofTailgate: Quince Butter Thumbprint Cookies

This is my only sweet creation for #10DaysofTailgate...

I love quince. If you're unfamiliar, here's a piece I wrote for Edible Monterey Bay in August: Queen of Quince Takes Her Show on the Road. So, when some friends left me a bag full of quince last weekend, I hooped, hollered, and prepared to quince. One of my favorite things to make: quince butter. We can never have enough. So, for the only #10DaysofTailgate dessert I'm making, I decided to incorporate quince butter.

Quince Butter makes 2 quart jars

  • 4 large quince, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/2 C white balsamic vinegar 
  • 2 C water
  • 1 C organic granulated sugar
  • 1 T ground cinnamon
  • 1 t ground cloves
  • 1 t ground nutmeg
  • 1 t ground cardamom

Cookie Dough makes approximately 30

  • 3/4 C butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 C organic granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 C white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C ground almonds
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1 t vodka
  • 1 t cold water


Quince Butter
Put quince pieces into wide thick-bottomed pot, add all ingredients, cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cook until pieces are soft, about 20 minutes. Remove cover and cook uncovered, stirring constantly to prevent burning and encourage evaporation. Scrape the bottom of the pot while you stir to make sure a crust is not forming at the bottom. Cook until thick and smooth, about one hour.

Spoon the butter into sterilized jars, leaving about a 1/2" gap to the top. Gently tap the bottom of each jar on the counter to release any air bubbles. Using a damp clean towel, wipe the rims of the jars and secure the lids and rings. Process in a water bath for 10-15 minutes. Remove the containers with tongs and let cool on the counter. You’ll hear the sound of can tops popping shortly—a sign that a secure seal has been made. Pop, pop, pop. Or, you can refrigerate the jar without processing and use it within three weeks. Enjoy!

Thumbprint Cookie
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the egg yolks until incorporated. Stir in the flour and ground almonds until a flaky dough is formed. Add in the zest, water, and vodka, 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 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!)

Add about 1/2 t to 1 t of quince butter or whatever jam or jelly you have on hand to each thumbprint. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cookies cool for several minutes on the sheet before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Here's what the rest of the team brought to the table...

DBLT Wraps by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
Jalapeno Beer Cheese Soup by From Gate to Plate
Bacon-Wrapped Potato Wedges by Making Miracles

Hot Mexican Quinoa Dip by The Pajama Chef
Deviled Egg Dip by From Gate to Plate

Pretzel Dogs El Diablo by A  Day in the Life on the Farm
Carrot Habanero Duck Meatballs by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Curried Maple Leaf Farms Duck Mini Meat Pies by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Quince Butter Thumbprint Cookies by Culinary Adventures with Camilla


  1. Beautiful cookies. I certainly would enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea. Blessings dear. Catherine

  2. Thumbprint cookies are perfect little bites with a burst of flavor. Quince? I've never met one, but the quince butter sounds intriguing.

    1. You've never met a quince? You're not alone. The season is short and they are formidable. But, if you get the opportunity, get one!

  3. I have never had quince. Are they related to figs?

    1. No. My son was just asking me what it's related to. Nothing! It's its own...kinda strange but oh, so fabulous.

  4. Add me to the "what is quince" group - I've never heard of it before!! Great recipe - and thank you for teaching me something new today! :D

  5. I've never had quince, but I know what it is. It looks yummy and I can't wait to try it with these cookies!

    1. This is a great, versatile recipe. You can use whatever jam you have. You don't need to wait till you find quince.

  6. Love this! We're getting an Edible Tulsa and I am super excited.

    1. That IS exciting! You should see if they need freelancers.