These Quince Thumbprint Cookies (or
I dare to say that, if an Argentinian gets asked about their favourite cookie traditional from their country, the first answer won’t be the usual chocolate chip cookie. Even thought they are everywhere in the Web, Instagram and magazines, and they make you easily salivate, by far the winner is the Quince Thumbprint Cookies, in my humble opinion.
There are tons of recipes. With dulce de batata (or creamed sweet potato, yeap, a very Argentinian thing), with dulce de leche. With corn starch, without corn starch. Rounded shape, squared. From bakeries, supermarkets or homemade. When I was living in Argentina, and I got lazy, my favourites were the popular Terepín. The most traditional ones, with quince paste (or dulce de
Now the important stuff: the recipe
I don’t want to sound too repetitive, but these Quince Thumbprint Cookies are super easy. You just have to mix the wet ingredients (yolks, butter, vanilla essence and orange zest). Then, the dry ones (flour, corn starch, sugar and baking powder).
In the meantime, in a separate bowl, add the quince paste cut into squares and 1/4 cup of water. Microwave it for 30 seconds and stir with
Assembling the Quince Thumbprint Cookies
We already have the dough ready. We have the quince paste. Now, to the fun part! To assemble these Quince Thumbprint Cookies, let’s shape little balls of 2-cm diameter. Please, I invite you to test different shapes and sizes to choose which one you prefer the most. Next, arrange them on a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone sheet. I always prefer this option. Why? The environment will appreciate it. It’s a bit pricy, but it saves me a lot of money in parchment paper and nothing sticks to it, nothing! (Note: in the following photo, I’ve used parchment paper, but it’s the one piece I recycle for photography purposes, in case you were wondering).
Alright, going back to our important business. Make sure you leave some space between each cookie, as they tend to spread quite a bit in the oven (at 180 ℃). After 8-9 minutes (pay attention to avoid getting them very dry), done! Time to enjoy them with some nice tea or
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These Quince Thumbprint Cookies are a total Argentinian classic. Rustic, chewy, sandy dough, heart of quince. Crazily yum. Pair up with some nice tea or coffee, or whatever you fancy.
- 3 egg yolks
- 125 g butter (room temperature)
- 1 tbsp vanilla essence
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 cup powder/icing sugar
- 300 g quince paste
- In a large bowl, mix the butter and the egg yolks. Add the vanilla essence and the orange zest.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, the corn starch, the baking powder and the icing sugar.
- Add the dry ingredients to the first mix and combine until you get a firm dough.
- Set in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 180 ℃.
- Shape little balls of 2 cm diameter, make a little dent in the center and add the quince paste. Set on a baking sheet with some parchment paper or silicone sheet, making sure to leave some space apart, as they tend to spread when baking.
- Bake for 8-9 minutes, until light golden brown.
ASSEMBLE: To speed up the process, you can shape the dough into a 2-cm diameter log and cut it into 1.5 cm slices. Make a dent and add the quince paste as the recipe indicates. They won’t have that rustic look, but it does the job.
BAKING: Pay attention to them when in the oven. Baking time depends on your oven and its temperature. Once they are light golden brown, remove them so they don’t get dry.
STORAGE: You can freeze them already assembled without baking them, so you get freshly baked “pepas” at any moment. Once you bake them, they last around 4 days in an air-tight container at room temperature.
- Serving Size: 30 g
- Calories: 110 Kcal
- Sugar: 8.25 g
- Fat: 4.03 g
- Carbohydrates: 17.32 g
- Fiber: 0.5 g
- Protein: 1.23 g