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Orange and Pine Nut Thumbprints

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  • 50 min prep time
  • 50 min total time
  • 11 ingredients
  • 24 servings
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Mediterranean dessert ready in 50 minutes! These orange marmalade filled baked cookies are as pretty as thumbprints with a nutty twists – perfect to treat a crowd.

3/4
cup pine nuts, finely chopped
3
tablespoons honey
1
tablespoon orange juice
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
1
teaspoon grated orange peel
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
egg yolk
1
cup all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
cup orange marmalade

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. Place pine nuts in small bowl. In another small bowl, mix honey and orange juice until well blended. Set aside.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat butter and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in orange peel, vanilla and egg yolk until well blended. On low speed, beat in flour and salt until dough begins to stick together.
  • 3 Shape dough into 1-inch balls. If necessary, flour hands for easier handling. Roll balls in honey mixture, then roll in pine nuts. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. With thumb, make indentation in center of each cookie.
  • 4 Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set and edges are golden brown. Remove parchment paper with cookies from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Fill each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon marmalade. Remove cookies from paper.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. Place pine nuts in small bowl. In another small bowl, mix honey and orange juice until well blended. Set aside.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat butter and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in orange peel, vanilla and egg yolk until well blended. On low speed, beat in flour and salt until dough begins to stick together.
  • 3 Shape dough into 1-inch balls. If necessary, flour hands for easier handling. Roll balls in honey mixture, then roll in pine nuts. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. With thumb, make indentation in center of each cookie.
  • 4 Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set and edges are golden brown. Remove parchment paper with cookies from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Fill each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon marmalade. Remove cookies from paper.

Expert Tips

This recipe is a variation of a cookie popular in Provence, a region in southeastern France. Pine nuts, orange and honey are common ingredients in the cooking of the Mediterranean region. You can use 3/4 cup finely chopped almonds instead of the pine nuts, if you prefer.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
110
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
10%
Saturated Fat
3g
15%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
20mg
6%
Sodium
55mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
12g
4%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Protein
1g
1%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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