When it comes to gifts I’m the type of person who prefers to make something. I feel like it’s more personal. Valentine’s Day is coming and although I don’t typically celebrate it, this year, I decided otherwise. Creepy martyrdom origin aside, I like to call Valentine’s Day: V Day or Vagina Day because let’s face it, this now commercialized holiday is targeting mostly women and their Disney-like mind about relationships and milestones. Well I guess they are targeting the significant others and their wallets but the fact that some women get mad at their SO for not buying something on that day is ridiculous. This got me thinking about men and the usual gifts people I know buy. I even Googled Valentine’s Day for Him which ended up in a variety of boring stuff like cologne, chocolates, clothing, accessories…. You know, the standard stuff that get you him all the time for every single holiday…V Day is apparently about love and my mother always told me that the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach so with that in mind, I chose some recipes and Valentine’s Day’d the shit out of them.
PB & J Thumbprint Cookies
Bring him back to a time where life was simple and straight-forward. A time when girls had cooties and the club was in a tree with a “No Girls Allowed” sign. PB & J sandwiches, a staple of almost every childhood memories. The delicious buttery peanuts combined with the sweetness of the perfect jam his mother made, sandwiched between the delicious freshly baked bread…
Alright, my memory of eating PB & J sandwiches is a bit more somber than the above description. Most of us ended up with PB & J sandwiches in our lunches and by the time we got around to eating it, the jam was soaked into the Wonder bread making the peanut butter harder to swallow but it was the most delicious thing in the world. We drank our milks so fast and made loud satisfied noises to indicate that we were done our feast, those were the years!
I was inspired by the theme and decided to make thumbprint cookies out of the 2 flavours. Feeling festive, I tried to make the jam look like little hearts but only a few retained the shape. This recipe is adapted from a 3 in 1 book. Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Allergy-Free recipes. I don’t need to worry about any of the 3 but I like to have different options for recipes, especially when it comes to cooking for friends.
- 1 cup of softened butter
- 1/2 cup of packed dark brown sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tsp of vanilla
- 2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour (Original recipe: Gluten-free all-purpose flour blend)
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 2 egg whites, beaten
- 2 1/4 cups of chopped unsalted peanuts (Original recipe: walnuts)
- 1/4 cup of raspberry jam
- Pre-heat your oven at 375°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Beat butter and brown sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy
- Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat at low speed until well blended. Scrape the sides as needed
- Beat in the flour and salt until combined
- Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and dip the balls into the egg whites then roll them into the peanuts
- Make a small indentation in the middle of each ball and fill with jam
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and filling is set – rotate cookie sheet halfway through the baking time
- Cool on cookie sheet