Ina Garten is my FAVORITE person to watch on the food network. Every recipe that I have tried of hers had been "fabulous." The barefoot contessa has an amazing collection of cookbooks. I have all of them and actually USE all of them. She is an amazing self taught cook. She is a lover of butter and cream, which those who know me know I try to eat healthy. It isn't difficult to take the recipes and change them to be a little lighter or substitute ingredients to fit your own style of cooking. That said, I do NOT change a thing when it comes to her baked goods. They are worth the indulgence and if you are eating healthy foods most of the time, a cookie here in there isn't gonna kill you! :)
I made these for a gathering I had at my house. Deciding what kind of jam to put in them was my biggest hurdle. I tried strawberry, cherry and apricot. I think the strawberry is so commonly used in our home that it wasn't working for me. The cherry and apricot jams added...DELICIOUS! I hadn't made these cookies before now because I don't care for coconut, and the recipe has flaked coconut in it. You really don't get a big coconut flavor, but it adds such sweetness and crunch to the outside of the cookie, that it is definitely a neccessary ingredient.
The recipe can be found in Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookboook, which is my favorite of all of her cookbooks! It is also on the food network website: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/jam-thumbprint-cookies-recipe/index.html. Try these! You will not be disappointed!!!!
One note of caution, if you are like me and love a warm cookie out of the oven BE CAREFUL. If you do not let the jam set you will burn the roof of your mouth. I know this because I did this. Yikes! Let them cool a bit and then enjoy!!!