Gluten-Free Cornmeal Thumbprint Cookies

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A startling number of people these days are reporting gluten sensitivities, and gluten-free baking has become an important subspecialty for recipe developers. We love the flavor and texture of these tender cornmeal-based cookies, and the way the raspberry flavor complements the corn.

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free baking mix (we like King Arthur brand)
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1-3/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pans
3/4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup seedless raspberry preserves (or jelly of your choice)

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350° and set 2 racks to the middle positions, with space in between. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper (or grease lightly with butter).

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the baking mix, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. Using a standing or handheld mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat. Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth.

Portion the dough into 1-½-inch balls, and arrange them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Press each with your thumb; then fill each depression with a teaspoon of jam. Bake until just barely golden brown on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through.

Cooking & Recipes

Yield: 

2 to 3 dozen cookies, depending on size

Preparation Time: 

25 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 

40 minutes

Preparation Method

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