Christmas Cookie Countdown- Day 9: Berry Sage Thumbprints

I don’t usually bake ‘fruity’ cookies. I’m not sure why…I guess I think of Christmas cookies as being sugary, chocolately, sprinklely and VERY naughty!!!!

Well these thumbprints are nice!

Berry Sage Thumbprints

(from the 2013 ‘100 Best Cookies’ by Better Homes and Gardens)

2 C flour

2/3 C yellow cornmeal

1 1/2 tsp. dried sage, crushed

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1 C butter, softened

1 C packed brown sugar

2 egg yolks

2 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 C blackberry preserves

1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. Set aside.

2. In a mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the brown sugar, scraping the sides down occasionally. Add the egg yolks, lemon peel and the vanilla.

3. Add the flour and beat until completely combined.

4. Shape dough into 3/4″ balls and place 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Press thumbs into center of the balls. Spoon about 1/4 tsp. of the preserves in the ‘wells’ where you pressed with your thumbs.

5. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges become golden. Move to a wire rack and cool.