Christmas Baking - Cranberry-Almond Thumbprints

I love baking and I often get my children involved especially near Christmas. It can be very therapeutic and calming with Christmas music in the background, candles and fairy lights lit.


I would like to share this recipe for Cranberry and Almond Thumbprints which are Vegetarian, Low Sodium and Soy-Free.


Start by making the Cranberry Jam.


Ingredients - Cranberry Jam:


2 ½ cups cranberries, fresh or frozen (295 ml)

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

⅓ cup orange juice

1 tablespoon lemon juice

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon coarse salt

⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom


Method for preparing the Cranberry Jam:


Combine cranberries, 1 cup granulated sugar, water, orange juice and lemon juice in a large saucepan.


Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst, about 5 minutes.


Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until thick and syrupy, about 20 minutes.


Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 teaspoon each vanilla, cinnamon and salt and 1/8 teaspoon cardamom.


Pour the jam through a fine-mesh sieve set over a medium bowl (discard solids). Let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate until ready to use.


Ingredients - Cookies:


¾ cup blanched slivered almonds

¼ cup plain flour plus 6 tablespoons, divided

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons white whole-wheat flour

½ cup icing sugar

½ teaspoon coarse salt

½ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed

1 large egg, separated

1 tablespoon low-fat milk

½ teaspoon almond extract

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup granulated sugar


Method for preparing the Cookies:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.


Step 1


Spread almonds on one of the prepared pans and bake until just beginning to color, about 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.


Step 2


Combine the almonds and 1/4 cup plain flour in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are finely ground.


Add the remaining 6 tablespoons plain flour, whole-wheat flour, icing sugar and salt; pulse to combine.


Add butter, egg yolk, milk, almond extract and vanilla. Pulse until the mixture looks crumbly, then process for a few seconds until it clumps together and forms a dough.


Step 3


Whisk egg white in a small bowl until foamy.


Place granulated sugar in another small bowl and set a wire rack nearby.


Divide the dough into 24 pieces and roll into 1-inch balls. Use a fork to dip each ball into the egg white, turning to coat and letting the excess drip back into the bowl, then place on the rack.


Roll the balls in the sugar and divide between the prepared pans.


With the back of a small measuring spoon or melon baller, make an indentation in the center of each ball. Fill each with a heaping teaspoon of the jam. (You'll have about 3/4 cup jam left over.)


Step 4


Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, until the bottoms begin to turn golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes. Transfer to a clean rack to cool completely.


Tips

To make ahead: Refrigerate jam for up to 1 week.


Enjoy!


#christmasbaking #christmas #christmascookie #nutrition #healthycookie #bake #christmasfood

#xmascookies #xmas #wellbeing #wellness #food #baking #onlinefitness

Stay in touch & join the SPACE community.

Disclaimer

As with all fitness and exercise programmes, when doing exercise you need to use your common sense. To reduce and avoid injury, you will want to check with your doctor before beginning any fitness programme. By performing any fitness exercises without supervision, you are performing them at your own risk. Space Fitness and Wellbeing will not be responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of this fitness programme, DVD, online fitness video or information shared on our website. This includes emails, videos and text.

It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure: 

  • there is sufficient space to perform the exercises safely and move freely without obstacles or obstructions, free from furniture, equipment and other hazards – a minimum of four square metres per person.

  • any equipment is safe and in a suitable condition for the activity being performed.

  • the surrounding floor space is entirely clear to remove any hazards that may increase the risk of slips, trips or falls.

  • there are no distractions throughout the duration of the session.

  • there is sufficient heating, lighting, ventilation and hydration.

Space Fitness and Wellbeing

Moor Cottage Studio | Moor Road | Burley Woodhead | Ilkley | LS29 7BE

Tel: 07971 988 401 | info@spacefitnessandwellbeing.co.uk

©Spacefitnessandwellbeing

  • Space Fitness & Wellbeing Facebook
  • Instagram