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Berry Shortbread Dreams Recipe

Berry Shortbread Dreams Recipe

From Bay City, Texas, Mildred Sherrer writes, "Raspberry jam adds fruity sweetness to these rich-tasting cookies. They will absolutely melt in your mouth!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. YIELD:21 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons water


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in extract; gradually add flour until dough forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
  • 2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center. Fill with jam.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 14-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 4. Spoon additional jam into cookies if desired. Combine confectioners' sugar, extract and enough water to achieve drizzling consistency; drizzle over cookies. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 180 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 88mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 269190
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2017

"The cookie are wonderful!! I fix these fir Christmas and everyone loves them!!"

Mariellyn25 User ID: 4131731 248036
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"Soooo easy to make. Took me less than ten minutes to make the dough. I gave it a half hour in the fridge and baked them. My dough was a little crumbly when I made indentation but not bad. I used blueberry preserves because that's all I have on hand. These are delicious. Made the icing but I like them with and without. I love shortbread and this is a keeper. Thank you!

This recipe made 28 cookies for inch."

nlozzi User ID: 6289695 231801
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"Excellent recipe. Every time I make these and share I get requests for the recipe. I have been making these for 9 years and they never fail to impress people."

tnorris06 User ID: 4514660 215988
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"I adore this recipe because they are good and easy to make! My family loves them so much that I automatically double the recipe. I often use other jams/preserves like apricot, blackberry, black raspberry and even peach. I rarely put the glaze on the cookies because they are so good without it."

truffles6 User ID: 1605921 214923
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"I have been making these for years now. They are EXCELLENT and a family favorite. I use store bought icing, melt it for 15 seconds in the microwave, tint it pink and drizzle over the cookies. It looks very pretty!"

CraftyJen User ID: 7715484 214276
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"Excellent cookie! I'm making more. The only thing I'd change in the recipe is to add more water to the frosting. I followed the frosting measurements exactly and ended up with a sticky paste. It took about another tablespoon of water to get the frosting to a drizzle consistency. Also used a mini squirt bottle to get the frosting to decorate easily and neatly."

BakerAtHome User ID: 6636098 77502
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"I made these cookies for a political meeting we were hosting and they were the first cookies to go. I had several requests for the recipe. These are very good tasting cookies!"

MelaMang75 User ID: 7538389 31379
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"This recipe is the best!!! I've won 3 cookie awards making them for local baking competitions! I got overall reserve grand champion when I put cherry preserves in them. They are also wonderful with Lemon Curd! This is my family's favorite, and I'm begged to make them for Christmas every year :)"

shortbreadlover User ID: 960739 78439
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"these cookies were good but nothing really special they were just a typical thumbprint cookie that has been around for years. i do not think that i would make them again"

LLVV User ID: 3742028 71825
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"I just made this recipe today. It is wonderful. It's easy, quick, and delicious. I always have the ingredients on hand which is a nice bonus."

crazyconnie61 User ID: 7105316 30082
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2013

"These cookies are amazing. Will definitely make again."

jemaro User ID: 6336255 116545
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"i made these last Thanksgiving and another time after that and it was so delicious..the only thing is i dont care for raspberry so being from hawaii i used guava jam and it was the bomb, and a big hit with friends and family..."

kshea User ID: 2698812 78437
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"Everytime I make these everyone goes crazy over them and by the time I'm done baking them they are gone!"

renee4gourmet User ID: 2646716 71805
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"These cookies are a Melt In Your Mouth kind of cookie! Not too sweet and very pretty. I plan to add a little green and red food coloring to drizzle for the holiday."

stwood64 User ID: 3644447 92318
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"My family loves these cookies! They don't even have time to completely cool before they're gone. I add a bit more jam to the center after baking because during the baking process the jam levels go down a bit."

junedunkle User ID: 1070671 78436
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"When I take these cookies to events, I'm always asked for the recipe. They are easy to make and better to eat."

1275 User ID: 6324211 30081
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"These cookies are great! I would suggest halving the recipe- they are best fresh. They might take a little more fuss to make but they're so cute! The shortbread is not overly sweet and the jelly and glaze easily make up for it. Instead of using a wooden spoon handle, try just using your thumb. I put about a teaspoon of jelly in every cookie. To make the glaze easy to drizzle, spoon all the glaze into a plastic sandwich bag and cut a tiny cut- don't be tempted to make it big- the more smaller the better. Then squeeze the bag and drizzle over cookies. They turned out great and the glaze looked just like the picture!"

vmjourdan User ID: 5876936 35304
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"This might very well be the best cookie I have ever eaten!! So delicious!"

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 30079
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"I'm not sure what I did wrong, but the dough never formed a ball, and it was quite crumbly. The cookies turned out okay, though. My dad and brother liked them a lot, but I didn't find anything special about them. I guess I'm just not much of a fan of shortbread."

chascocountry User ID: 4710564 52332
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"I just sprinkle with powder sugar. Try a Solo prune filling, excellent. I use all different flavor preserves or Solo fillings. Also my family favorite!"

kristeelynne User ID: 5622989 35291
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"I have been making these for years (recipe from Land O' Lakes Butter). They are my absolute favorites! I don't refrigerate the dough very long, and sometimes not at all, as it seems to make the dough crack more before baking. Love these cookies!"

dustsar User ID: 5417961 52327
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"My whole family loves these cookies. They are easy to make, don't require a bunch of special ingredients and look lovely. I have found that if you refrigerate the dough too long (to cut down on goopy-ness!), they don't bake right."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1701298 35497
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"This is my Husbands favorite cookie!! I switch up the jams and make them during the holidays and am always asked for the recipe."

trudypost User ID: 1076954 116542
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"I made them with lemon instead of almond,they are very tasty even though mine weren't as pretty as the ones in the picture."

hicksy User ID: 3436548 35494
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"These are delicious! My youngest son always asks for these cookies to be made. We all love them!"

CYarger User ID: 5093203 46394
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"I absolutely LOVE these cookies. My husband eats them faster than I can make them! Thank you for sharing!!"

Mellerfly User ID: 1555291 35450
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

"My favorite fancy cookie recipe."

xicota User ID: 944314 35449
Reviewed May. 12, 2010

"These cookies are yummy! I make these for Christmas cookie sharing, and always receive compliments on them. I agree that they are even better the next day."

gavingrma_OH User ID: 361520 46370
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"These are great but we liked them better without the glaze."

HelloDolly59 User ID: 4412190 77499
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"Fantastic Christmas Treat ! I wanted some different delicious Christmas cookies. These were a bit time consuming, but well worth it. I had to return to the website to get the recipe to share with everyone who I gave cookie trays too and decided to post my first ever review ! These would make perfect little valentine cookies too ! I filled them again after they baked... double the yummy !"

Mellerfly User ID: 1555291 46350
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"So pretty and yummy."

wrobelrm User ID: 1520598 85184
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"I have been making these cookies for years and they are a definite family favorite!! The dough is really easy to work with. They are so tender and they just melt in your mouth. I've used apricot jelly, too, and that is really good. And, yes, do make sure the glaze is pretty thick to make sure it doesn't run all over the middle of the cookie."

gigs5liz User ID: 4651829 87986
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"We made these yesterday at my sister's house. And today I'm making them again!"

genisews User ID: 4282689 85768
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"Made this recipe and it was devoured within an hour. Yummy."

Paula in NC User ID: 4429193 85180
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2009

"these were wonderful cookies. Instead of the glaze I melted white chocolate, put it in a zip-loc bag, cut off the tip and drizzled it over the cookies. Yummm!!

Paula in NC"

msisk User ID: 3631917 77497
Reviewed May. 29, 2009

"These cookies were delicious and simple to make. I do suggest that you use a thicker glaze or frosting if you want them to look like the cookies in the photo. Otherwise, they taste great with or without the glaze!!! I will definately make them again."

leelynne2006 User ID: 4081395 85765
Reviewed May. 8, 2009

"I made these cookies because I wanted a cookie close to a cookie I buy around Christmas time. They're close! I omitted the icing and they're still great. They're better the next day. This is a simple recipe and a cookie I will make again."

kshea User ID: 2698812 52326
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2008 Edited Jun. 3, 2012

"I've made these for years. They are a family favorite."

joyriver User ID: 3203363 52253
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"I make over 50 types of cookies for Christmas and this recipe is in my family's top 5! It melts in your mouth. Highly recommended!"

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