Friday, December 21, 2012

mascarpone fig jam cookies




With Christmas right around the corner, I thought I'd bring you a quick and easy cookie to create last minute.  My last several recipe posts haven't contained any mascarpone, so my choice cookie to share are these delicious, chewy Mascarpone Fig Jam Cookies.  The mascarpone makes these cookies so beautifully tender, and the fig jam adds just the right amount of sweetness.   A sprinkling of powdered sugar adds a delicate finished touch!

You can create these lovely cookies with any of your favorite jams or preserves.  In the past, I've replaced the vanilla extract with almond extract and filled with raspberry jam.  If you want to get fancy, a center dollop of chocolate ganache would be absolutely perfect!  Don't want to take the time to add the jam centers?  No problem.  Just bake the rolled cookies without adding the center indentations in the cookies.  When they've cooled, add a lemon or orange glaze to the mascarpone cookie.  Yummm!!!






I hope you can try some of the ideas for this delightful cookie, or create it just as I have.  It's always fun to take something basic, and try some of your favorite flavor variations!

Coming soon over the holidays, I have two scrumptious recipes, Limoncello Mini Bundt Cakes with Limoncello Glaze, and a Cranberry Almond Streusel Coffee Cake...stay tuned, I can't wait to share!

Wishing all of my blog followers, email subscribers, and RSS readers of A Cup of Mascarpone a very Merry and Blessed Christmas! Your kind comments and messages make me smile each day, and I love you all!

Until next time...mangia!  xox

Carol





Mascarpone Fig Jam Cookies
Yield:  Approximately 30 cookies

Ingredients:

1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fig jam, or jam of choice
powdered sugar for garnish (optional)

Create the Mascarpone fig Jam Cookies:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Place sheets of parchment paper, or silicone baking liners on two cookie sheets. Set aside.

Beat together the butter and sugar until light, then add the egg and vanilla.  Mix until smooth.

Add the mascarpone cheese, and beat until smooth.

Sift together the dry ingredients, and fold them into the butter mixture, mixing just until combined.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour.

Rub a slight amount of flour on the palms of your hands.  Roll the dough into 1-1/2 inch balls. (approximately 1-1/8 ounces each)  Cover with plastic wrap as you work, so they don't dry out.

Using the blunt round end of a wooden spoon, or similar kitchen utensil, create an indentation in the center of each cookie.  Place the cookies 2 inches apart, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or just as the cookies begin to color.

As soon as you remove the cookies sheets from the oven, use the spoon to open up the circle, (since it will slightly close up while baking.)

Carefully spoon a small amount of jam into each cookie.

Let sit at room temperature until the jam is set.  Once the jam is set and cookies are cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar, if you wish.

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, or freeze in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Adapted from  Italian Food Forever.



Mascarpone Fig Jam Cookies

22 comments:

  1. I love that use used mascarpone in cookies, and the fig jam is the perfect filling. Looking forward to your upcoming treats! :) xo

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  2. I have an opened pot of mascarpone, and have been thinking of what to do all day today, since it goes rancid so quickly. These might just be the perfect thing, maybe some sandwich cookies with dulce de leche.. Gorgeous recipe Carol! Have the best Christmas!

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    1. It will make the perfect use, Paula! I even made two batches, so not to waste the other half container of mascarpone. The best Christmas to you too, Paula!

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  3. I adore jam-filled cookies (especially when the cookie dough contains mascarpone!). Can't wait to see your Limoncello mini bundt cakes!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Val! I just spotted your Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes! I'm in love with them, and wish I had one right now!!! Merry Christmas!

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  4. Love the cookies and your photos, such a unique cookie recipe;-)
    Merry Christmas to you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Patty!!! Merry Christmas to you as well!!!

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  5. Jam thumbprints are my favorite cookie and I just love the addition of mascarpone here. I have some mascarpone in my fridge right now that is waiting to be used so I may just need to make your lovely cookies in time for Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! So happy you came by! If you like thumbprints, you will love these with the addition of mascarpone! Merry Christmas!

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  6. These cookies along with your frosted gingerbread loaf will be my centerpiece on my cookie tray for the end of our prime rib dinner on Christmas day. We love your recipes and of course anything you make.

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    1. So happy you liked all the baked goods I sent you! xox

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  7. Amazing! And the packaging is so pretty! I'd love to make this with strawberry jam - YUM!

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    1. Thanks so much, Chung Ah! Strawberry jam would be delicious! Merry Christmas!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Irmina! Your Christmas creations you have baked on your blog are gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for stopping by! Merry Christmas!

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  9. These have got to be the prettiest thumbprints I've ever seen! Just beautiful!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Liz!! They were really delicious...and chewy. I attributed it to the creamy mascarpone!

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  10. Carol:
    I love thumbprint cookies. This recipe specifically looks divine!! It contains mascarpone and fig jam - 2 ingredients that I love. I usually make mascarpone & fig jam sandwiches for myself instead of peanut butter and jelly. I am looking forward to trying your recipe.

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    1. Hi Denise! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave your kind comment! You will adore these cookies from the sounds of your comment...the mascarpone makes the cookie chewy, unlike traditional thumbprint cookies, and really yummy! Enjoy!!!

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol