Fresh-Peach Drop Cookies
Ripe stone fruit and sweet preserves lend a double dose of peach flavor to these summery cookies. The crisp cinnamon-sugar topping yields to a tender, moist interior that's studded with fruit.
- Yield: Makes about 4 dozen
Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2007
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 3/4 cups)
- 1/3 cup peach jam or preserves
- 2 tablespoons fine sanding sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda.
Beat butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Add peaches and jam, and beat until just combined.
Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment, spacing about 2 inches apart. (If not baking all of the cookies at once, refrigerate dough between batches; dough can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days.) Combine sanding sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle each cookie with 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown and just set, 11 to 13 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, and then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.