Knit-along lil'Doggy

I have found Knitting to be a great therapy and wonderful for stress relief ... life is never dull, and more often hectic and crazy :), being able to pull my knitting out of its bag and even do one or two rows really helps me to refocus and recenter.

Signature Jus'anuth'r Knitter (W.B.)
Location Pennsylvania, United States
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Thursday, December 21, 2006


Ok, so I have to say it again ... MERRY CHRISTMAS, Everyone!!

I'm so excited ... the vacuum has arrived! We vacuumed the house yesterday - it looks sooooo NICE!! Until you've gone 6 months without a vacuum AND have three very hairy dogs to deal with on a moment-by-moment basis you simply cannot comprehend my excitment over BEING ABLE TO VACUUM!!

So this year has been a year of FIRSTS ... first house, first SUV ;), first vacuum, first Christmas back in PA ...

My baking is done. I made Thumprint cookies to share with family and friends. The recipes are all online and will be linked below with my impressions of them each. I used raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, and apricot preserves, as well as orange marmalade (mmmmm!), then wrapped the finished (cooled) cookies 8 to a celephane pkg (4x9" purchased @ Michaels'). There was also a recipe for Eggnog Thumprints, which I tried, but it bombed horribly - I have never had cookies litterally MELT in the oven! The filling was delicious though, so I improvised, and changed the "Jam Thumprint" recipe into an "Eggnog Thumprint Cookie" recipe. (changes noted below w/ link). OH! and we cannot forget I made Sugar Cookies as well ... but adding my own personality and touch of class (as I usually do with my recipes :)).

Ok, recipes ...
(1=bad, 2=probably won't try again, 3=may or may not make again, 4=may make again, 5=will make again)
Polish Thumbprint cookies from ... 5 ... these are nice firm cookies, flavored w/Almond extract they are delicious.
Thumbprint Cookies from ... 3 ... these didn't bake up as nicely as the Polish cookies did; a softer batter is created, but the flavor is lovely.
Jam Thumprint Cookies by Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa on ... 5 ... Lovely firm cookie with lots of mild flavor that compliments the preserves very nicely.

Now ... the original Eggnog recipe came from All Things Christmas and either I did something wrong (totally possible!) or the recipe really needs some adjustments to make it useable. Anyhow, I took the POLISH THUMBPRINT cookie recipe and adjusted it to accomodate the lovely filling for the Eggnog Thumbprints like so:

  • Polish Thumbprint recipe as stated with following exceptions/substitutions
  • change 1/2 tsp almond extract for 1/2 tsp Rum Flavoring (imitation is fine)
  • add 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • change 1 lg egg to 1 lg whole egg + 1 lg egg yolk (reserve whites for brushing cookies)
  • change 1 C finely chopped almonds to 1 C finely chopped walnuts (optional)
  • add 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • form cookies, make thumbprints but do not fill, brush with gently beaten egg whites, and bake cookies as directed.
  • change fruit preserves for following filling to be inserted AFTER cookies are baked and cooled...
    • FILLING:
    • 1/4 C unsalted butter, softened (not melted) @ room temp
    • 1 C powdered sugar, sifted
    • 1 tsp rum or 1/4 tsp rum extract
    • 1 - 2 tsp milk
    • ground nutmeg
      • Prepare filling: beat butter until creamed; add powdered sugar and beat until fluffy; beat in rum or rum extract and enough milk to make filling spread or pipeable (frosting consistency) . Spoon or pipe approximately 1/2 teaspoon filling into center of each cookie.
      • sprinkle cookies with nutmeg to finish.
  • this makes approximately 40 cookies - same as the original recipes.

Well, that has consumed my past two days, and the knitting has gone by the wayside. Today I need to get some laundry done, but my knitting is calling and I do so want to get back to it! I have a scarf and lace stole to finish!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, again, all!


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