I have been wanting to try this recipe for some time. I saw these on The Baking Robot's blog. She has lots of really fun and whimsical creations, like cotton candy jelly and Twizzlers ice cream. I just love these gummy bear thumb print cookies so I had to give them a try.I am happy to report that these are super fun and easy to make. They are also delicious! They sort of taste like a pop tart—kind of pie crust + fruity. If that makes sense. These would be a lot of fun to make with kids. I think my niece would just LOVE making and eating these.Gummy Bear Thumbprint Cookies, makes 20. Slightly adapted from The Baking Robot.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
10 gummy bears (plus more for snacking)
Cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the egg yolk and extract. Then stir in the flour and salt until well-combined and crumbly. Cover and place the dough in the freezer for ten minutes.Shape the dough in to twenty small balls. Place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Use your thumb to press a swallow bowl into each cookie. Or, if you're totally cliche like me, create indented heart shapes in each.
Bake at 350°F for 8-9 minutes.While these bake cut the gummy bears into four pieces each. You'll need two pieces (half a gummy bear) per cookie. Once these are partially baked, place the gummy bear bits in the hearts. Bake for another two minutes.If some of your cookies crack, or the gummy bears aren't place in the centers, they may overflow on a few of the cookies. But that's kind of pretty, if you ask me. I sometimes added a few different colored pieces to one cookie, to create a two toned heart. Have fun with these! They are as much fun to bake as they are to eat. Enjoy. xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman