I made the dough, shaped it, and filled the cookies with the cherry preserves. When I took the cookies out of the oven, I was horrified to see that the preserves had run and leaked an ugly red puddle on a significant portion of the cookie. The image was slightly reminiscent of a bloodshot eyeball and I immediately thought that it looked like someone had punched the cookies in the face.
I was able to switch to Polaner apricot spreadable fruit for the rest of the cookies, which I baked without incident.
I do have to say, though, that the cherry cookies were really delicious. Those preserves are very flavorful, with bits of cherry skin included. Tom and I thoroughly enjoyed eating these homely rejects! It's just a shame that the consistency of the preserves doesn't hold up in the oven and results in a cookie too ugly to leave the house.
Recipe: "Giant Thumbprint Cookies" from Butter Sugar Flour Eggs: Whimsical Irresistible Desserts, by Gale Gand.
- "A Lasting Impression: Giant Thumbprint Cookies," February 24, 2009.
- "I'll Take Foods That Start With the Letter Q, Alex," August 13, 2009.