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Raspberry-Almond Thumbprint Cookies

These crisp, buttery thumbprints have a hint of almond and a touch of sweetness from the raspberry jam and a light drizzle of almond glaze.—Lana White, Roy, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and extract until light and fluffy. Add flour and mix well. Chill for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each; fill each with 1/4 teaspoon jam. Bake 13-16 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For glaze, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, extract and water. Drizzle over cookies.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 94 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 31mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • ebramkamp
    Jan 27, 2018

    I made these for Christmas this year. They were a hit. The cookies have a buttery almond flavor coupled with the raspberry jam. Yum and so pretty too. They are hard to resist so it's great they are so easy to make.

  • Donut Queen
    Oct 19, 2017

    I absolutely LOVE these delectable little cookies! I make them almost every year for Christmas, and they are sure to make an appearance again this year!

  • lvarner
    Oct 22, 2016

    THese cookies are veyr simple with just a few ingredients but they taste and look great! I sometimes sift powdered sugar over the top instead of using the glaze. They are quick to mix up and seemed pretty easy to shape and bake. My husband loved them (and so did I). They would be a nice addition to a holiday cookie exchange.

  • LeslieH
    Dec 9, 2015

    A nicely flavoured cookie that bakes up soft. I too found that if left in the fridge too long, these cookies were difficult to roll and put a dent in for the jam. Letting the dough sit on the counter for a bit helps. I also found that I was a bit short of the glaze. I would double the amount of ingredients for the glaze next time.

  • daniellem02
    Apr 10, 2015

    The flavor on these was excellent, but mine cracked when I was forming them, and I was careful not to chill more than an hour. The recipe itself is really easy, and I had all of the ingredients, which is always nice!

  • 3mimisgirls
    Jan 25, 2015

    I am not a baker, and seldom have a cookie come out of the oven that I would want to serve guests, but this cookie is so beautiful, so delicious, and so easy, that I make it time and time again, always with great results! If we don't eat them all immediately, we give a plateful to neighbors or friends, and they always ask for more! That is quite a compliment for anything I bake! I agree with the other review...don't refrigerate the dough longer than 1 hour, as that will make it too dry, and it won't have the supple consistency you need when pressing your thumb in the center. This is a wonderful cookie for Christmas or Valentine Day...the raspberry jam brings just the right touch of red. I've never tried it with strawberry or apricot jam, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was just as delicious. You will love them!

  • sash91
    Nov 30, 2014

    I made these cookies for a Christmas Cookie Exchange, and they were a big hit! The ladies all thought they looked so pretty on the plate. They didn't just look pretty, they tasted really delicious! When you're chilling the dough, make sure you don't chill it longer than an hr. I forgot about the dough in the fridge, and then when I got it out and pressed the thumbprints on the top, the dough cracked because it was so stiff. But other than that it turned out really well!