When life feels crazy, the best thing to do is to bake the stress away.
Baking is my happy place.
Can you relate?
It’s relaxing, therapeutic, and you’re rewarded with something delicious to share at the end.
When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I like to enter my kitchen to bake away the stress. Usually I go for a tried-and-true recipe I know will turn out delicious. Often I like an intermediate recipe, something that’s easy enough not to screw up if I get distracted, but hard enough that it requires my focus.
That way my time in the kitchen is all about being present in what my hands are doing. It’s a form of meditation, truly!
That’s how I felt when making these Raspberry Walnut Thumbprint Cookies. Chopping the walnuts, shaping the dough, filling the indentations with jam. It’s all extremely relaxing to me.
This recipe was actually developed in partnership with California Walnuts. I knew I wanted to find a fun way to showcase the walnuts on the outside of a treat, not just mixed into the dough or batter.
This Raspberry Walnut Thumbprint Cookie recipe utilizes a simple shortbread dough for its base. To get the walnuts to stick to the outside, we use egg whites as a “glue” of sorts. Although raspberry is my favorite filling flavor, feel free to use whatever jelly, jam, or preserves you have on hand.
Since it’s so easy to accidentally add too much flour to any recipe when measuring with measuring cups, be careful to either use the spoon and level flour method, or use a kitchen scale. You can learn more about proper measuring when it comes to baking here.
If you make this recipe, be sure to tag me on Instagram and use #handletheheat so we can all see your creation!