‘Thumbprint Cookies’—that’s official cookie jargon for cookies with directions that are a variation on, “Shape dough into balls; flatten slightly, and indent the center. Fill with preserves.” I’ve always had a particular weakness for them. But I’ve also always noticed a particular weakness in them—there is never enough filling. So, I long ago dispensed with the thumb approach and went to using a knuckle to hollow out those little centers to a more respectable capacity.
Knuckle cookies? It doesn’t sound so nice and dainty as ‘Thumbprint’, does it? But that’s okay, because I’ve figured out what I’ve really been trying to achieve all this time, and there’s a term for it: ‘Tarts’.
Okay, perhaps I exaggerate. But only slightly.