Cooking for LIFE, October 2018

Cooking for Life, Thumbprint Cookies

Thumb Print Cookies

Diego Aloy is from Miami, Florida. “I love cooking,” he says. “It’s my favorite thing to do in the whole world (besides video games and spending time with my family). I hope to one day become the best chef in the entire world.”


1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup of sugar

1 egg yolk

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

Your choice of jelly or fruit preserves


In a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, butter, and sugar. Use an electric mixer to mix the ingredients together. Add the vanilla, egg, and flour into the bowl and mix together.

Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and let it chill in the freezer for 30 to 60 minutes. Put some parchment paper over your baking trays and preheat your oven to 350°F 5 minutes before your cookies are finished chilling. With the dough, make small 1-inch dough balls and place onto the trays. (You should put 4 dough balls on each row, 3 if they comes out too big.)

Take a cup of water and either dip your thumb or the back of a knife in it to make small dents in the center of the dough balls. After making the dents, you can use jelly or fruit preserves to fill up the dents. (Use a teaspoon to scoop the jelly/fruit preserves.) Bake for 10 minutes or until set and then let it cool for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Makes about 24 to 28 cookies.

August 2018, Cooking for LIFE

Cooking for Life

Sloppy Jeauxs

Here’s a recipe that takes just minutes to prepare and is sure to please the entire family.


1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey

1 cup Seasoning Blend (onion, bell pepper, celery)

1 can diced tomatoes

2/3 cup BBQ sauce

½ cup + 1 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. salt

2 tsp. all-purpose flour
Hamburger buns

smoked cheddar cheese

Diced purple Onion


Brown ground beef and seasoning blend. Drain and return to pot. Stir in tomatoes, BBQ sauce, ½ cup water, garlic powder and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 1 Tbsp. of water and flour. Add to meat mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes or until mixture has thickened.
Toast buns and top with meat mixture, diced onions and cheddar cheese. Enjoy!

Recipe submitted by Lori Layman, follow Lori on Facebook at Food Junkie!