Share What’s Good with Welch’s {Thumbprint Cookie Recipe}

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My love language is quality time.  To me, nothing says “I love you” more than spending time together.  My favorite type of gift to give or receive is an experience.  One where you have the opportunity to create lifelong memories with those you love.  Often times, when an occasion rolls around, my husband will take me somewhere or plan an evening for our family.  I’d much rather have those “moments” than flowers that die or things that sit around and collect dust.

As my daughter has grown older, it’s become evident that her love language is quality time as well.  She loves nothing more than being with me, and I love the fact that my little best friend is my constant companion.  Every day, there are those little moments where bonds are strengthened and memories are made.  Whether we’ve curled up with a good book or we are mixing up a new cookie recipe we’ve came up with– we’re together and that’s what makes the moment truly special.

Welch’s knows there is power in these “kitchen table” moments.  Whether you’re enjoying a glass of their completely amazing Concord Grape juice or eating a jelly sandwich, your family’s kitchen table has the power to bring families together like nothing else.  I for one love when my family sits together around our little table.  That table has been through so much.  It’s been packed up and moved quite a few times– living in two states, at five different addresses.  It’s got nicks and dings and a permanent waffle print right in the middle of the table, thanks to a piping hot breakfast we fixed one morning.

But, more than that, it has memories.  That table is where Darren and I sat, enjoying our first meal in our very first apartment together.  It’s where Raileigh ate her first solid food, and I served my mom a cake for her 50th birthday.  On more than one occasion I have shopped for tables, looking to upgrade to something bigger and nicer.  But every. single. time, I come home empty handed.  There’s just some part of me that cannot bear to let go of something that holds so many special moments.  Every scratch in my table simply reminds me of a memory.  I no longer see them as blemishes, but as memories.

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Welch’s just launched a new movement called “Share What’s Good”.   It’s all about sharing and celebrating these special moments that occur each day with family, friends and loved ones – whether it’s at home or on the go.

At “Share What’s Good”, you’ll find recipes, tips on healthy living, and a look into those everyday moments that are creating special memories for other families.

You’ll also find information about the “Share What’s Good” Photo Contest.  As part of the Share what’s good campaign, Welch’s has launched the “Share Your Moments” photo contest! From September 16 through October 25, upload a photo of your favorite family moment for a chance to win $5,000! While there is only one grand prize, everyone who enters will get a $1.50 coupon for Welch’s 100% Grape Juice – or $2.00 if you share the news!

In celebration of “sharing what’s good”, I wanted to share a recipe with all of you.  Raileigh and I recently came up with an awesome recipe for thumbprint cookies using our family’s favorite jelly– Welch’s.  These cookies are easy to me,  featuring only a few ingredients, and taste even better when created with someone you love.

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Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp.salt
  • Welch’s Grape Jelly

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, egg YOLK and vanilla until light and creamy.  Turn the mixer down to low and add flour and salt.  Mix everything until it’s evenly moistened.

With your hands, press the dough together to form a ball.  Form the dough into rounded teaspoon sized balls.  Place balls an inch apart on a large cookie sheet. Bake for 5 minutes.

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Working quickly, remove the cookie sheet from oven.  Using that rounded teaspoon, make small indentation in the center of each ball. Return to oven and bake cookies for approximately 4-5 minutes longer {or until lightly browned}.

Let cookies cool completely.  When they’re cool, fill each indentation with some Welch’s Grape Jelly.  These cookies are delicious when eaten immediately.  However, if you’re going to store, let the jelly set before putting them into a container.

That’s it!  Quick, simple, and utterly delicious cookies.  As you’re baking, make sure to take the time to enjoy the company of those baking alongside you.  That’s truly the best part of the process.  And, of course– don’t forget to “Share What’s Good” with the people you love.

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Don’t forget to enter the “Share What’s Good” contest and connect with Welch’s for more ways to bring your family together and create special memories.

  • Like Welch’s on Facebook
  • Follow Welch’s on twitter
  • Follow Welch’s on Instagram
  • Share special family moments using the #Sharewhatsgood hashtag

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