NCIS Season 11 Premiere Special

I am hooked on NCIS, I love the characters, the story lines, plots and any time it’s on, even the re-runs, I am watching it! To kick off the new season premiere last night I whipped up aΒ  batch of “bloody” thumbprint cookies!! *queue sinister music* I think Abby would have been impressed! They were amazing, soft with a hint of a crisp to them and the homemade strawberry preserves I used killed it with perfection!

The recipe comes from Simply Recipes(<—click there for recipe). I had this whole NCIS theme planned out and ready to put together but alas I could not find my low temp glue gun, uber sadness over here. But I didn’t let that stop me! I pulled together photos of each character from the show and made this collage in honor of the new season.

ncis collage

Since the season is opening up with Ziva’s farewell I decided to keep our dinner a little more kosher, if you will. Served up some chicken scratch chicken with baked kale chips on the side. I am uncertain if any of that is truly kosher, but since I used Kosher Salt for both I’m just going to go with it πŸ™‚ Ziva is going to be greatly missed on this show, I have loved her character from the beginning and how Cote was able to play her off of Michael’s character, Tony. The opening of this new season is definitely bitter sweet.


When I decided to make these cookies I had Abby in mind, what would she think about these deceptively delightful confections? At first a few of my followers on Facebook were unable to make the connection between the cookies and the show. After a brief explanation it clicked and the cleverness roared on! Above I just had to indulge in a couple of the cookies, it was a difficult decision to make but it had to be done πŸ™‚ These are definitely a keeper!! @nok_amandagayle is my Instagram handle, feel free to follow me there if you like.

Thumbprint Cookies 001 Β Β  Thumbprint Cookies 002

I did manage to catch the perp red handed…jammy fingers and all!! She was “tampering with evidence”, but I let her off with a warning πŸ™‚ Were there any leftovers? Sadly no, it was a mob attack that descended upon this beautiful scalloped serving plate. Two narrowly escaped the delicious slaughter last night but were discovered in the wee hours of the morning and met their end in my son’s tummy πŸ™‚ It’s a tragedy really, but they shall always be in our thoughts, our taste buds, and the recipe will forever be within an arms reach to make more πŸ˜€

In all seriousness, this was an easy recipe, I had never made thumbprint cookies before and was pleasantly surprised at how they turned out. I didn’t deviate from the recipe, other than not covering the them in nuts. I asked my child what he thought and he said he wants them for his birthday along with his strawberry poke cake! He’s taking after me, not much of a chocolate fan but loves his fruity desserts! I must say these are so much better than the store bought variety I remember from my childhood. No chemical after taste, the homemade strawberry preserves brimming with strawberry flavor and the cookie just utter perfection. Light, buttery, and melts in your mouth! You can use any jam or preserve you like (perhaps apple butter or pumpkin butter to give a more harvest vibe), but these are definitely going on my holiday cookie list (only doubled)!

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4 thoughts on “NCIS Season 11 Premiere Special

    • I won’t lie, this was literally on the spur of the moment, I didn’t spend months planning this. I would have loved to have done more, but I still can’t find my low temp glue gun lol Guess I need to get a new one this weekend! I’m going to start planning the season finale and save all my cut outs for then. Don’t feel bad for not doing something, start planning now for the finale πŸ˜€

      • Right now the only plan I can commit to is figuring how not to sob when Ziva leaves. It’s going to take every ounce of energy I have to achieve that! I nearly named our youngest Ziva because I love her character and NCIS so much. SERIOUSLY! It was on the top of my list of baby names. I will be devastated if they kill her off. I’m hoping she just goes on a sabbatical so she can guest star periodically but I know I’m being overly optimistic.

      • Nothing wrong with being overly optimistic, I’m hoping for the same thing. I wasn’t much of a fan of Kate’s, but when Ziva came on I instantly liked her character. We’ll just have to keep the tissues nearby next week for sure.

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