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Tropical Jam Thumbprints

Easily one of the most iconic cookies of the holiday season, thumbprints most often employ common preserves such as apricot or raspberry. Guava, mango and pineapple jams give these beloved nibbles a Caribbean twist.

Jean Paul Vellotti for NPR
Tropical Jam Thumbprints
Jean Paul Vellotti for NPR

Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies, depending on size of cookie cutter

1 recipe Caribbean Sugar Cookie dough

1/3 cup of tropical jam such as guava, mango, passion fruit or pineapple

Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

When dough is thoroughly chilled, flour a work surface lightly and roll each disk out to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut the dough into desired shapes.

Using your thumb or the end of the handle of a wooden spoon, make a small indentation in the center of each cookie. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of jam in the indentation.

Arrange the cookies on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and bake for 12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool thoroughly before dusting with powdered sugar, if desired.