Sweet Guava & Gorgonzola Thumbprint Cookies

Makes 28 cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1-1/2 c. sliced almonds, crushed
  • 8 oz. guava paste (about 3/4 c.)
  • 2 Tbsp. cream
  • 2/3 c. gorgonzola, crumbled

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a large baking sheet with non-stick foil or parchment paper; set aside.

In a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand up mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla; beat until combined. Add flour; stir until combined and a soft dough is formed. Shape dough into 1-1/4 inch balls. Roll each ball in crushed almonds. Place each about 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Using thumb or index finger, make an indentation in center of each. Refrigerate 3 to 4 minutes. Bake 12 minutes; remove from oven and set aside to cool. 

Meanwhile, in a microwavable bowl, add guava paste and cream. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between each, until melted and smooth. 

Using a teaspoon, carefully press indentation in center again if needed. Fill each center with guava mixture and sprinkle with gorgonzola. Return to oven; bake 5 to 6 minutes longer until cookies are lightly browned.

Note:

If guava paste is unavailable in your local supermarket, you can substitute with your favorite preserves or jam.

2014 Salemville® “How Do You Blue” recipe contest Bronze Tier Prize Winner - entry courtesy of Naylet LaRochelle