Saturday, July 27, 2013

Old Fashioned Swedish Thumbprint Cookies

One of my favorite treats that my mother made while i was growing up is thumbprint cookies.  There are lots of over complicated recipes for this delightful item, and i was a little frustrated because the recipes i was finding seemed way more complicated than the simple yumminess my mom made when i was a kid.  And then it donned on me!  My search for "Swedish Thumbprint Cookies" delivered the desired simplicity.  I found my recipe here, on, but it's so simple, you might not need to even write it down.


1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
1 cup, sifted, all purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup any flavor jam or preserves

yield:  3 dozen (mine made 16)

(this part is copied ver batum from the allrecipes entry, with the exception of my comments in italics...and of course, the pictures.)

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2.  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add sifted flour, and mix well.

Mine looked like this after a few seconds with the mixer. 
 And it was too crumbly to form into little cookie balls, so ... i used my hand to form it all together 
into this cute yummy dough ball.
 Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheets.   Imprint your thumb in the center to make a 1/2-inch indentation.

Fill with your favorite preserves. ( i used a ziploc back with the corner cut out.)
Oh, and i also used homemade fig and blueberry preserves, made from best friend figs and freecycle bluberries.

 3.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown at the edges. (mine took 15 minutes.)

Perfection.  YUM!

Plate of goodness!




Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Surprisingly Good Spiced Coffee

I wasn't feeling very inspired today.  But it was time to add a new recipe idea to the Humble Kichen blog, so i was pouring through cook books and cooking sites, looking for inspirations.

One of my favorite books to look through is my 1970s-ish, orange, binder-style Betty Crocker cook book.  This cook book has so much stuff in it! And lots of things i've never tried.  And quite a few things i probably never will try.

I came across this recipe for Spiced Coffee, on the list of fancy coffees, which is a page you don't really see in modern cook books.  (They call them "demitasse;" i think that's some other language for dainty cup of strong coffee, but i'm not sure.) But it calls for instant coffee ... and cinnamon sticks ... and orange peel ... and boiling ... and i don't have that stuff.  As for the boiling, it's a sultry 76 (this is January, people) in East Texas tonight, and i don't want to boil anything.  Ironically, i am unwilling to suppress the need to drink coffee late at night, no matter the temperature, so here we go.

Here's my version:  I put a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar in the bottom of my coffee cup, sprinkled in a generous rain of cinnamon, added a few drops of orange extract (a surprisingly wonderful ingredient to keep in your kitchen), and a couple drops of vanilla extract.  I was concerned it was too dry so i also added a couple teaspoons of dark local honey.  I'm really sorry i didn't take a picture at this point.

Anyway, i mixed my ingredients with a spoon and put the coffee cup in my low-powered microwave (which is approximately as old as my cook book), and i heated it until the mixture got bubbly.  The bubbles disappeared by the time i had my camera in hand, but here's a picture anyway.  It's liquid.

Then i added some of this morning's coffee and popped it back in the microwave to heat the coffee.  

Then i added a little creamer, 'cause i'm cool like that.

First sip was a little scary.  The rest were compulsory.  YUM.  

It tastes not really anything like you expect coffee to taste.

But it's really good.

REALLY good.

No, seriously.

I'm still sipping it.  It's so good.  What a great treat.  MM.  

Yumm.  Again.

Another sip.

Oh yeah, that's still really really good.

Surprisingly good.

On Saturday morning, you should totally have this with a slice of toast - with Cinnamon Toast Spread.  

Oh yeah. 

That's what i'm doing on Saturday morning.

Wanna come over?  I'll make you some.

O.k. i have to go.  I have a few more sips.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Cinnamon Toast Spread

I stumbled upon this recipe when i was making a Sopapilla Cheesecake for Christmas Dinner, and i mis-remembered the recipe and accidentally added twice the amount of butter called for.  Since i had doubled the butter, in order to correct my mistake, i decided to double the rest of the recipe.  This part of the recipe was just a topping, so i kept the extra and discovered that it was a perfect make-ahead spread for cinnamon toast.

Here are the ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup soft butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp Mexican vanilla

In a smallish bowl, use just one beater in your hand mixer (not shown here), to beat it all together in the bowl.  When it's all mixed, scrape the sides down, so it looks prettier when you take pictures.

Cover and keep on the counter until you get a craving for cinnamon toast.

When the appointed time comes..
1) make toast
2) spread the spread on your hot toast

3) enjoy

4) Re-cover and use again and again for quick and easy cinnamon toast.


This would've been super good with a cup of coffee, but when i thought of the coffee, i was chewing my last bite of super yummy, easily prepared, cinnamon toast.