Seasonal Recipe: Dried Fruit Thumbprints

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Source: Martha Stewart

Making some fruity desserts is a delicious way to celebrate all of the fresh things growing around us this spring. By combining dried fruit, jam and just a little hint of chocolate, you can whip up one of our favorite spring recipes — delicious Dried Fruit Thumbprint cookies — to enjoy with your friends and family!

Making your marbleized dough

The base of these flaky cookies is made with two different flavors of dough — one chocolate and the other vanilla. Both contain essentially the same ingredients, including flour, salt, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. However, to make your chocolate dough nice and rich, mix in a heaping scoop of unsweetened cocoa powder.

To marbleize or mix the batches of dough together, start by rolling both into ropes that are about a half-inch wide. Then, form the base of your cookies by pinching off a piece of each rope and rolling it together to form one chocolate and vanilla swirled ball. Finish by holding your dough and using your thumb to press a small well into the center of each cookie before refrigerating for half an hour.

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Source: Martha Stewart

Adding the final touches

After your cookies have had the chance to firm up a bit, it’s time to throw them in the oven for a few minutes. While they’re baking, start mixing up your fruit and jam filling. For the right ratio of fruit, simply combine one cup of dried and chopped fruit with one tablespoon of jam. 

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Source: Martha Stewart

The type of fruit and jam flavor you pick is entirely up to you. You can try pairing our Wild Blueberry Fruit Spread with yellow and white dried peaches or pairing our Strawberry Fruit Spread with pears and plums. Mixing Raspberry Fruit Spread with mangoes and apricots is another combination that works well together. Finish the dessert by spooning the filling over the top of your cooled cookies.

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With this delicious recipe, some fresh fruits from our Dried Fruit Collection and spreads from our Farmstand Fruit Spreads collection, you can bake a fruity dessert and make the perfect sweet ending to your spring feast.

Cook Up a Delicious Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your mother how special she is in your life, so give her the star treatment with a day of total pampering! You can make this day a little more special by starting it off with a special breakfast packed with ingredients from Hickory Farms. Our fantastic Mother’s Day breakfast ideas will show her just how much you care.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

The Traditionalist

For the sophisticated mom, opt for a breakfast classic, like a French-style omelet. Start by preparing your eggs by mixing them with a bit of cream and a dash of salt and pepper. Put the mixture in a heated, greased pan and flip when it solidifies on one side.

To make your filling, sauté an assortment of veggies, such as peppers, onions, artichokes and spinach, along with one of our delicious summer sausages. Place the filling and grated Hickory Farms cheese on top of the cooked egg and fold.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

The Experimenter

For the mother who loves options, prepare some classic waffles and serve with tons of fun toppings. To make a simple waffle batter, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt with a couple eggs, milk, a dash of vanilla and a bit of melted butter. Heat up a waffle iron and cook the batter to a delicious golden brown. Serve the waffles with a collection of toppings, including syrups and jams, as well as an assortment of fruits and nuts from our Dried Fruit Collection.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

The Health Nut

If your mother is something of a health nut, make her a delicious breakfast she’ll truly appreciate. Start with a big bowl of quinoa and mix in a bit of peanut butter, a dash of honey and chopped fruit from our Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box.


Pure Decadence

For mothers with a sweet tooth, give them the gift of true indulgence with a chocolate-filled breakfast. Bake a rich chocolate cake and top it with our Pastel Chocolate Dutch Mints for added texture and flavor.

With these four delicious breakfasts and some fine ingredients from Hickory Farms, you can treat your mother to a special breakfast she deserves every day of the year.

Seasonal Recipe: Grilled Sausage with Fruit Relish and Curried Walnut Couscous

Source: Publix

Pairing fresh, juicy fruit with bold gourmet sausage is an unexpected and delicious combination. You can even add a side of curried walnut couscous for greater textural complexity. Fantastically sweet and savory, grilled sausage with fruit relish and curried walnut couscous is a recipe that works well for everything from a summer cookout to a winter treat that transports you to the tropics.

Preparing your Fruit Relish

Start making your sweet relish by chopping up some fruit. For a delicious treat, pick dried mangoes, apricots, and sun plums from our Dried Fruit Collection. If you prefer fresh fruits, choose juicy Crown Comice pears, Fuji apples and Mandarin oranges. Remove the seeds and stems before dicing into small pieces, then place your fruit in a bowl. Finish your relish with a splash of white balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of kosher salt.

Cooking the Sausage

Make your sausage super tender by boiling your meat before grilling. Simply cut thick slabs of our Summer Sausage and add to a boiling pot of apple juice and water. Boil for five minutes before placing the sausage on the grill until a nice char forms. When perfectly cooked, place your sausage on a bun and top everything with your homemade relish.

Source: Karma Jello


Making your Side Dish

The slight spiciness of curry paired with the natural sweetness of raisins is the perfect complement to a sausage sandwich. Make a delicious sauce by combining walnuts, butter, brown sugar, curry and our Berry Nut Bounty Mix in a saucepan. Stir often to keep the butter from browning. Finish by adding water and bringing it to a boil before adding the couscous. Cover and let the couscous sit in your pan for five minutes, then fluff with a fork and enjoy!


Gourmet sausage, juicy fruit and delicious couscous prepared with Hickory Farms ingredients is the perfect sweet and savory meal. Start with our Fruitful Gift Tower for nearly everything you need to prepare this unique meal that will be sure to become a family favorite.