Braswell’s Red Pepper Jelly and Bacon Thumbprint Cookies

braswells-red-pepper-jelly-bacon-thumbprint-cookies It’s one of our favorite food holidays: National Cookie Day! And thumbprint cookies are a popular cookie recipe during the holidays. People love thumbprint cookies because they’re easy to customize simply by changing the filling. We decided to improve the classic thumbprint cookie recipe by filling them with a classic condiment: Braswell’s Red Pepper Jelly.

Red Pepper Jelly is a Southern staple. Made from red bell peppers, this delicious condiment is often served over cream cheese with crackers as an easy appetizer. Braswell’s Red Pepper Jelly has a sweet, spicy flavor that is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. With a lighter consistency than thick jams and jellies, the hint of spicy flavor and the sweetness of the jelly pairs well with smoky, crispy bacon. Red Pepper Jelly is a versatile condiment that would be great on burgers, BLT’s, or a turkey and avocado sandwich.

The good folks at Braswell’s are offering our readers a 20% discount on anything that you order on Braswells.com. This code is valid until 12/31/13. Use code BaconToday to get the discount.

Since 1946, Braswell Food Company has been making award winning preserves, jellies, and condiments. Many of their products are packaged in beautiful, reusable European inspired glassware that is very earth-friendly. They use all-natural, premium ingredients and slow cook all of their products in small steam kettles for optimum homemade quality. Braswell Food Company has won several prestigious sofi™ Awards, including Outstanding Condiment (Smoky Chipotle Mustard) Outstanding Preserve or Jam (Balsamic Sweet Onion Jam) and Outstanding Classic (Red Pepper Jelly).

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Braswell’s Red Pepper Jelly and Bacon Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (2 sticks) softened
½ cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 jar Braswell’s Red Pepper Jelly
3 strips of bacon (cooked and chopped)

1.Preheat the oven to 350° F. In a Kitchen-Aid mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.

2.Add the flour in ½ cup increments and mix until just combined. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.

3.Roll the dough into 1” diameter balls, then place them on parchment-lined baking sheets.

4.Using your thumb or a spoon, make a small well in the middle of the cookie. Press down gently or the cookie will fall apart. Do not press all the way to the cookie sheet.

5.Bake for 12-15 minutes or until slightly firm. Slide the parchment off the cookie sheet and allow the cookies to cool on the counter. When they are cool, fill each cookie with a generous spoonful of the Braswell’s Red Pepper Jelly. Sprinkle with bacon bits. Enjoy!

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