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Jeweled Thumbprints

 Jeweled Thumbprints
When I moved here from Malta more than 20 years ago, a kind neighbor lady took me under her wing and baked many cookies for me. This is one of her recipes that I treasure.
36 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup raspberry or apricot preserves

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolk and extract.
  • Gradually add flour. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy
  • to handle.
  • Roll into 3/4-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the
  • center of each ball.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly
  • browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Fill with preserves. Yield: 6
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 78 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 39 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.