Saturday, February 12, 2011

Honey Wheat Thumbprint Cookies

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a pretty cookie for you and yours.

To whom do I owe the inspiration for the recipe?  Meryl Streep of all people, by way of Good Housekeeping Magazine.  This, my friends, is the favorite cookie of arguably the greatest American actress of all time. I mean, The Deer Hunter.  Out of Africa.  Doubt.  So many amazing film roles.  Nearly 50 in all.  And who can forget her spot on performance as the boss from hell in The Devil Wears Prada?

Well, little known fact:  Meryl makes cookies on set breaks.  Or at the very least, in the comfort of her sprawling home.

Don't you just love the raspberry thumbprint?  It steals the show. The cookies would look so plain jane otherwise.

Anatole and I spent the better part of a morning making these cookies and Valentine cards for the special people in our lives.  He was particularly happy with his three personalized cookies; see if you can find them.

Honey Wheat Thumbprint Cookies
Adapted from Meryl Streep's Heart Cookies, Good Housekeeping

1c butter, soft
3/4c honey
1t vanilla
2/3c almond flour or finely ground almonds
1 3/4c whole wheat flour
1 1/4c all purpose flour
Raspberry jam for thumbprint


1.  Cream honey, butter, and vanilla.  Add flours and mix well until blended.

2.  Divide dough into four pieces, form each into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for a minimum of two hours or overnight.

3.  Work the dough a little in your hands to soften.  Apply a little flour to your work surface and roll each disk flat with a rolling pin, approximately 1/8" thick.

4.  Use heart shaped cookie cutter to make hearts.  Make an indentation with your thumb and apply a dab of jam to each cookie.

5.  Transfer to a parchment -lined cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes, rotating the baking sheet half way through.

6.  Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.

Makes 4-5 dozen, depending on the size of cookie cutter(s) used.


  1. I think I spotted Anatole's special cookies. They look delicious.

  2. Hello SBM,

    My name is Kathleen Corlett, and I work at Good Housekeeping. I'm reaching out because our editors loved the pictures you took while baking your heart-shaped raspberry thumbprint cookies! We'd also be interested in featuring yours in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Please email me at so that we can talk more.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Kathleen Corlett
    Editorial Assistant
    Good Housekeeping