You know what this blog needs? Cookies. You know what I need? An afternoon drinking tea and baking cookies. How perfectly convenient.
I was looking through my recipe archive the other day and realized that I only have one measly cookie recipe. ONE? My cookie arsenal should have at least five or six recipes. Maybe closer to ten, just to be safe.
Cookies are a go-to. They’re a crowd pleaser and an after school snack and a way to a boy’s heart (fact: boys love snickerdoodles). I don’t think we’re eating enough of them.
These cookies look like perfectly normal thumbprint jam cookies, but they’re keeping a secret. They’re made with creamy goat cheese and cream cheese for a chewy shortbread base. I’d love to tell you this recipe was inspired by tea time or farm fresh berries…but they’re not. These guys were totally dreamed up from having way too many jars of jam and an overflowing cheese drawer in my fridge. I like to think we’re being thrifty here by using the things we’ve got. I’m going to use the dollars I saved and buy myself flowers.
goat cheese & jam cookies
makes 24 cookies
4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
2 oz (about 1/2 log) goat cheese, at room temperature
5 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 Tablespoons turbinado sugar
1/2 cup jam (I used triple berry and fig)
In a medium bowl, cream your cheeses, butter, and sugar until fluffy. Mix in flour, salt, and vanilla extract until just combined. Roll into a ball and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Next, preheat your oven to 350 and roll your cookie dough into 1 inch balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and press your thumb into the center of each ball. Whisk one egg yolk with a tablespoon of water to create an egg wash. Brush onto all of your cookies and sprinkle lightly with turbinado sugar. Fill each cookie with about a teaspoon of jam and pop into the oven for about 25 minutes. Transfer immediately to a cooling rack. Serve with tea and sunny afternoons.