Savory Parmesan Thumbprints
savory parmesan thumbprints

Savory Parmesan Thumbprints

These cheesy shortbread rounds are perfectly paired with a sweet & savory jam topping.

The Story Behind the Recipe
48
cookies
35 min
PREP TIME
02 hrs 15 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

Cookie

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Bacon Balsamic Onion Jam

3 slices thick-cut bacon,  chopped

2 medium (2 cups) red onions, chopped

2/3 cup water

2/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Tomato Rosemary Onion Jam

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

1 medium (1 cup) white onion, chopped

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, drained

1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

Apricot Onion Jam

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

1 large (1 1/2 cups) yellow onion, chopped

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/4 teaspoon salt

 

 *Substitute 5 slices regular bacon.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine 1 cup butter and sugar in bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often until creamy. Add flour and Parmesan cheese. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Mixture may be crumbly.

  3. STEP 3

    Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place, 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheets. Make indentation in center of each cookie with thumb or back of spoon. Edges may crack slightly.

  4. STEP 4

    Bake 9-11 minutes or until light golden brown around edges. Transfer to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Fill each thumbprint indentation with about 1 teaspoon desired jam. Serve immediately.

  6. STEP 6

    To Make Bacon Balsamic Onion Jam:
    Cook bacon in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes or until browned and cooked; add onions. Continue cooking 3-5 minutes or until onions are softened; add all remaining ingredients. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture just comes to a boil. Continue cooking 35-40 minutes until almost all liquid is evaporated. Store any leftover jam in airtight container in refrigerator. 

  7. STEP 7

    To Make Tomato Rosemary Onion Jam:
    Melt butter in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat; add onions. Cook 3-5 minutes or until slightly softened; add brown sugar, tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon rosemary. Cook, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes or until almost all liquid is evaporated and jam is slightly thickened. Stir in remaining rosemary. Store any leftover jam in airtight container in refrigerator.

  8. STEP 8

    To Make Apricot Onion Jam:
    Melt butter in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat; add onions. Cook 3-5 minutes or until slightly softened; add apricots, brown sugar, honey and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes or until almost all liquid is evaporated and jam is slightly thickened. Store any leftover jam in airtight container in refrigerator.

Tip #1

- This is a shortbread-type cookie with a high proportion of butter to flour and sugar. The dough may seem slightly more crumbly and may need to be beaten 5-7 minutes or until butter coats flour and mixture comes together. If dough is dry and crumbly after beating, add 1-2 tablespoons cream or soft butter, adding 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough forms.

Tip #2

- The butter in this recipe should be softened, but not melted. For best results let butter stand at room temperature 20-30 minutes before mixing the cookie dough. Or, cut butter into chunks or pieces for easier mixing.

Tip #3

- Package thumbprints and jam separately to give as gifts.

Tip #4

- Leftover jam can be used as a sandwich spread, to top brie or goat cheese, mixed into cream cheese as a dip or spread, added to a panini sandwich, or as a topping for beef or pork.

Tip #5

- Each jam recipe makes 1 cup.

Nutrition

80Calories
5Fat (mg)
15Cholesterol (mg)
75Sodium (mg)
9Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)

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  December 28, 2013

Friends were coming over for dinner and I like to have new recipes to try on them. I made all 3 jams they were excellent on the Parmesan cookies. I think we all liked the bacon balsamic the most. I also found that it took longer than 40 minutes to reduce, so I turned down my burner and watched it while I made the other 2 jams. I will definitely make these again.

— says Carol
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  December 10, 2013

Made these for a party last night....only made the bacon onion jam and the tomato jam as my husband had eaten our dried apricots. Everyone thought they were excellent and several friends wanted the recipes. I simmered the bacon onion jam and it didn't reduce in more than 45 minutes... so upped the heat and didn't watch as carefully as I should have resulting in a burned pan bottom. Rescued it soon enough that taste wasn't terribly affected.....but beware.....it takes far longer on a simmer or else needs to be watched carefully.

— says Sue
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