For those in the Philadelphia area, where can I find good preserve fillings for thumbprint cookies?

My family has always used traditional prune, apricot, or poppyseed preserve for dollop-ing on thumbprint cookies at Christmas, but since moving to the area I can't find them. Usually the bakery section of grocers and confectioners stocks it. Thanks!

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amysarah
amysarah December 8, 2014

You might try a Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish) market. I haven't gotten there yet, but there are several stalls at the Reading Terminal Market - supposed to be very good. Bell's Market also does eastern European products - went there once for Hungarian paprikas, but I'd bet they have those too - poppy seed and prune especially are used in many pastries from that area.

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Pegeen
Pegeen December 8, 2014

Wegman's or Whole Foods would probably have prune and apricot, not sure about poppyseed

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Posie (Harwood) Brien December 8, 2014

I would check Di Bruno brothers, just off Rittenhouse Square. They have a pretty extensive offering of unusual gourmet spreads, etc.

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Meaghan F
Meaghan F December 8, 2014

Reading Terminal and DiBruno Bros would be my first two stops. There's lots of farmers markets in the area too, at least some of which will have vendors with what you're looking for. Eat This had a stall at my farmers market (now closed for the season) and they have great preserves; they're in Erwinna, about 30min north of Doylestown, and participate in markets all over the area. I've also had Two Sisters Canning, again from my farmers market; they're a relatively new business, but their products definitely have that small-batch taste.

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ChezHenry
ChezHenry December 8, 2014

What exact town/county are you in? I own a home in Bucks County, and can steer you if that area is within striking distance.

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Pegeen
Pegeen December 10, 2014

I love Bucks County!

K_Squared
K_Squared December 10, 2014

Have checked Wegmans (they gave me blank stares) and Whole Foods knew what I wanted but doesn't carry it. I'm located in Cherry Hill, NJ. I'll definitely check out Di Bruno & RT Market.

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ATG117 December 11, 2014

If you're in the Rittenhouse area, Di Brunos is a solid option, as commenters have mentioned. Whole Foods works too. And then, there's also the farmers market on Saturday mornings, where there is sometimes a stand that sells preserves.

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ChefJune
ChefJune December 11, 2014

The baking section of most grocery stores stock Solo Fillings that come in all those flavors you've mentioned.

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Aliwaks
Aliwaks December 12, 2014

Green Aisle Grocer on East Passyunk & Gray's ferry.. amazing flavors all handmade & locally sourced.

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