Sunday, December 7, 2014

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

     This cookie needs few words. Buttery tender almond shortbread that practically melts in your mouth. Bright sweet-tart raspberry jam filling the center, contributing a bit of contrast in taste and texture. These are first to disappear from the cookie tray. Most requested at my house. Needs few ingredients and easy to prepare. Make some for a friend. Make some for yourself. You'll both be happy. Need I say more?

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints
Recipe from Land O Lakes

Cookie Ingredients
1 cup butter (2 sticks) softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam (or your favorite flavor)

Glaze Ingredients
1 cup confectioners sugar
2-3 tsp. water (more if needed to get desired consistency)
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract

  • Combine butter, sugar and 1/2 tsp. almond extract in mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
  • Add flour, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
  • Cover, and refrigerate until firm- at least one hour. (Cookies will spread more if dough is not chilled.)
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on parchment covered baking sheets.
  • Make indentation in the center of each cookie with your thumb. (I used the handle of a wooden spoon.)
  • Fill each indentation with 1/4 tsp. of jam.
  • Bake 14-18 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheet and then transfer to racks to cool completely.
  • Whisk together glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cookies.


  1. This is one of our favorite cookies. My dear Hungarian friend called them Hussar's Kisses. I call them delicious.

    Happy holidays!


  2. Buttery and melt-in-mouth...I love these beautiful thumbprints!
    Have a fun baking season!

  3. Gorgeous with the drizzle and I'm lovin' your pretty plate too:@)

  4. Welcome back! I missed you! This is a great cookie and my recipe is nearly identical, except for the glaze. They are a favorite cookie here and pretty too. Like your Christmas plate!

  5. I'm a shortbread fanatic but I haven't tried these. Love the festive color and fancy glaze.

  6. I have bookmarked this recipe loving the shortbread and jam combination.

  7. We adore these cookies and can't wait to make them! Thanks

  8. Thumbprint cookies are my favorite, these look perfect. Happy Holidays!

  9. These cookie are one of my favorite, especially with the raspberry the melting in your mouth...yum!
    Have a great week ahead :)

  10. I love raspberries and almond together. One of my favorite muffins includes raspberry jam and almond paste. This cookie will go on my Christmas cookie list immediately!

  11. Oh a personal favorite of mine! Lovely - and yes they would disappear at our house too!

  12. They do need little explanation - just one word, Delicious!

  13. these are LOVELY, and i have no doubt they absolutely melt in your mouth. great holiday cookie (or any time!). :)

  14. I love shortbread and these looks yummy!

  15. There is nothing like buttery shortbread and these are so pretty with the thumbprint of raspberry! A perfect Christmas cookie. I haven't done any cookies yet, just chocolates. But I will before Christmas!

  16. I need to add these to my Christmas baking list! Perfect holiday cookies!!!

  17. Nice to see you blogging! I just started back myself..especially fun to share holiday cookie baking this time of year! Your cookies look just perfect ;)

  18. Love these thumbprints! Such a classic, especially with that jam filling.

  19. This is my favorite kind of Christmas cookie, so festive and yummy. I have some homemade jam that would be perfect for a filling. Happy Holidays, Rita.

  20. I could never resist these thumbprints cookies! The raspberry filling makes all the difference from the same-old, same-old thumbprint recipes!!!!! Plus "shortbread"? Wow! I have to add these to my 'must make' list!
    Buon Natale,

  21. Cookies that will make me happy!!! Yeah... How can I resist baking and eating these cookies?


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