Thumbprint Cookies

Picture this:

It's next week. You're tired. You're sick of Christmas, and it hasn't even arrived yet. The last thing you need in this Christmas-obsessed world is for Aunt Betty to call you and ask if you will bring cookies to the family Christmas shin-dig.

What shall you do?

Cry?

Scream?

Go sit in your closet in the dark, and stuff your pimply face with that brand new package of cookie dough and 1/4 bottle of cheap wine from the fridge? Oh wait. Maybe that's just me.

I implore you. Rather than resort to crying, screaming, or burying your sorrows in a dark cookie-dough-filled closet, please. Make these cookies. Nobody will know that you almost had a nervous breakdown first, and they definitely won't know how flippin gosh darn easy it was to make them.

You need:

1 package of refrigerated sugar cookie dough (hmmm...I'm seeing a pattern here)

1/2-1 C of your favorite fruit preserves (I use Polaner Allfruit Apricot and Strawberry)

That's it. See...don't cry.

-Take each little pre-cut cookie dough ball and divide it into 2. Roll each piece of dough into a ball, and place on a cookie sheet sprayed w/ cooking spray.

-Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are just barely brown.

-Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for about 2 minutes. While the cookies are still warm and on the cookie sheet, use a small spoon or other small round object to make a little "thumbprint" in each cookie.

They'll look something like this

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Now, hug them because they're so deliciously cute.

-Allow the pressed cookies to cool completely, and then fill up the little "thumbprint" with your favorite kind of preserves. Depending on how sweet the preserves taste to me at the moment, I might add some Splenda or honey to them for a little extra kick. The end.

-Insert cookie in mouth. Chew. Repeat. Oh wait...save some for Aunt Betty.

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Oh my good golly. Aren't they pretty?