Thumb print cookies

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It's that time of the year when my kids will run around the house and put the Christmas decoration on every surface they can reach. They would write letters to Santa, Switch on the fairy lights every evening and look at them with dreamy eyes. They would pester me to bake cookies with them, make cards for everyone they know and every night when it would be time to go to bed, they would cross one more day from their wait to Santa. 

Christmas in true sense is magical and we as a family celebrate it with great enthusiasm. The dip in the air makes me cheerful and with their contagious energy, I try to co-operate with them as much as possible. Just yesterday We baked these thumbprint cookies. While the elder one mixed the dough and made lime size balls, the little one with her tiny hands filled each cavity with jams. 

If you are planning to make cookies do try this recipe. Perfect for a weekend affair with kids.

Thumbprint Cookies
(Makes 18 pieces)

Flour: 11/2 cups
Corn flour: 4 tbsp
Baking powder: 3/4 tsp
Baking soda: a fat pinch
Sugar: 3/4 cup (Powder the sugar in your mixer jar)
Butter: 50 gms
Oil: 2 tbsp
Vanilla: 1 tsp
Egg: 1 large
Salt (if using unsalted butter): 1 fat pinch

Any thick jam of your choice. I used homemade Mango jam here.

Prepare a few cookie sheets or Oven safe trays with greaseproof paper or foil.

Mix the flour, cornflour, baking powder, and soda and salt. Keep aside.
In a big jar take the oil, butter and powdered sugar. Whisk till fluffy and pale in colour (4-5 minutes by hand). Mix in the egg and vanilla and mix through. 
Now tip in the flour and just bring everything together. DO NOT OVERMIX. 
Take small lime size balls and place them on the cookie sheet at least an inch apart. With your thumb lightly press in the center and make an indent. 
Fill with any jam of your choice.
Bake at 170C for 10-12 minutes or till the sides start to turn golden.
Take out. 

Cool in the oven for 10 minutes then place on a wire rack and cool completely before storing them into an airtight container.

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