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Pomegranate and Poppy Seed Thumbprints

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About a month ago, I received an e-mail from the great people over at Pom Wonderful asking me if I’d like to try out some of their 100% pure pomegranate juice. Being a huge pomegranate fan, I of course said yes!

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A few weeks later, a case of juice arrived at my doorstep, and I tore into it like a kid on Christmas. And since Christmas will be here in just one short week and this is the final week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies, I decided to put the juice to good use making pomegranate jelly for use in these thumprint cookies. Rather than make my usual thumbprint dough though, I decided to try out a slightly different variation with poppy seeds – and let me tell you, the combination of flavors is absolutely lovely. Give them a try this Christmas for a nice change on your cookie trays! And many thanks to April of Abby Sweets for organizing such a fun group. Happy Christmas cookie baking!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.

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Add in the egg yolks and pomegranate juice.

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In a small bowl, whisk together the four, poppy seeds, and salt.

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Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients gradually until crumbly.

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Shape the dough into 1″ balls. Place 1″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet, and make an indentation in the middle of each ball of dough with your thumb.

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Bake 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Make the indentation in the middle of each ball of dough again if needed. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

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Spoon 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of the jelly into the center of each cookie.

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To store, layer unfilled cookies between wax paper. Place in an airtight container up to 3 days at room temperature, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Posted by on December 17, 2010.

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Categories: desserts & sweets

20 Responses

  1. Hmmm, poppy and pomegranate! How unusual and intriguing. So, do you ever bake your thumbprints with the jelly already in them? I do. It’s a debate I have with my sister all the time. I like how baking the jelly right in makes them firm and stackable but still delicious!

    by JenniferA on Dec 17, 2010 at 10:07 am

  2. Mmmm these look so good! I love colourful cookies, they’re perfect for Christmas!

    by Katrina on Dec 17, 2010 at 10:21 am

  3. Looks incredible, how cute are these?!

    by Jenny Flake on Dec 17, 2010 at 10:35 am

  4. These look great! I got some POM too a while back, I wish I would have thought to use it so creatively! Its been great baking along with you!

    by Pam on Dec 17, 2010 at 11:45 am

  5. These look fabulous, Tracy!

    by Tracy on Dec 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm

  6. I love poppy seeds! These look so pretty with the HOMEMADE pomegranate jelly! I’m sure they taste delicious as well. Merry Christmas!

    by Sue on Dec 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm

  7. I love POM! I used to eat Knott’s thumbprint cookies in high school a lot. They were made with Mrs. Knott’s jelly. These look great!

    by Cupcake Activist on Dec 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm

  8. How different are these cookies! I’ve never seen anything like this! What an amazing combination!

    by Steph@stephsbitebybite on Dec 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm

  9. These are so pretty! Love that you used pomegranate jelly.

    by Louanne on Dec 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm

  10. Wow! We love both poppy seeds and Pom. I am gonna have to go back and get that jelly recipe. These are so pretty. I’ve enjoyed seeing all of your 12 weeks of cookies.

    by mickey on Dec 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm

  11. I love the use of pomegranate in these adorable cookies!

    by Jen @ How To: Simplify on Dec 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm

  12. Wow Tracy! You took thumbprint cookies to a whole new level. Poppy seeds and pomegranate sounds great. These look wonderful:)

    by Raina on Dec 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm

  13. LOVE POM. They sent me some last year. It was so fun to have.
    Yummy cookies!
    Happy Holidays!

    by Katrina on Dec 18, 2010 at 2:06 am

  14. These are beautiful, Tracy!! Love the poppy seed in the cookies!

    by Kay Heritage on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:59 am

  15. Great creative combination! These sound really good!

    by Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. on Dec 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm

  16. It’s the poppy seeds that I am just loving!

    by jennifurla on Dec 18, 2010 at 3:27 pm

  17. These are so pretty….and POM juice it THE best!

    by bridget {bake at 350} on Dec 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

  18. These look fabulous! I love the idea of the poppy seeds. I’ll definitely have to try this sometime, hopefully soon 🙂

    by Anna on Dec 20, 2010 at 11:15 am

  19. Such an intriguiging combination! Looks lovely, I love thumbprints of all kinds 🙂

    by Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on Dec 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm

  20. What a fun take on thumbprint cookies. Great idea to add poppy seeds!

    by Cookin' Canuck on Dec 28, 2010 at 1:29 am

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