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Monday, December 6, 2010

Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

I have a  dear friend who hosts a cookie exchange every year for about 6 ladies - the cookies are as varied as the personalities present. Most bring the same thing every year. But not me.  Me, no one knows what I will be bringing because I often don't know myself until that morning when I bake them.

This year however I have hit on a winner of a cookie that takes just a couple ingredients and taste, well OUT OF THIS WORLD - I KID YOU NOT!!! These babies are full of butter. You can taste the butter in each delicious bite.

I realize that it seems every post is about cookies this time of year - and there are some good ones out there, but for ease and deliciousness these Almond Shortbread Thumbdrops are a winner! 

The first time I made them I had raspberry jam - and that is the preferred jam, but I ran out and used some peach jam this time and well they were awesome too. I went to take a picture and all that was left of the batch I made for home were these two cookies - and, well they didn't last long either!

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints


2/3 cup sugar

1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)

1/2 tsp almond extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup raspberry jam


1 cup powdered sugar

11/2 tsp almond extract

2-3 tsp water.

1. Heat oven to 350degrees. In mixing bowl combine sugar, butter and almond extract. Beat at medium until creamy. Reduce speed to low and add flour. Beat until well mixed.

2. Shape dough into 1" balls. Put 2" apart on cookie sheets. With thumb, make a dent in center of each cookie (edges may crack slightly) Fill indentation with a tiny amount of jam.

3. Bake for 14-18 minutes or until edges are lightly brown. Let stand for 1 minute.; remove from cookie sheet. Cool 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together powdered sugar, 11/2tsp almond extract and enough water to make a thin glaze. Drizzle over cookies. Cool completely.

I am linking this to the Hearth and Soul Hop! Join us in the fun!


  1. With all the cookies I have baked throughout the years - I have never ever tried making Thumbprint cookies, and I'm not sure why. This recipe might just be the 'push' I need to give me a try! :) Thanks Christy!!

  2. These are lovely, perfect with some warm milk for my supper now.

  3. I have two words for this recipe, YUM. Yeah I know it is only one word, but said so loud it was like 2!

  4. I love making thumbprint cookies! And this combination sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  5. They look delicious! I have some homemade raspberry jam in the pantry and will try my hand at this recipe for a caroling party we are hosting next week.

  6. Oh yeah, two of my favorite things in a cookie...almonds and shortbread...I would love to get some of these from a cookie exchange! Thanks chica, I may actually just have to make some for us this year! Thanks for sharing these w/ the hearth and soul hop and for being a wonderful host and friend :D

  7. Awesome. I was looking for this recipe the other day. I don't think I've seen it with the glaze before. Thanks.

  8. I LOVE reading about cookies so i say BRING IT ON. I never do my cookie baking until the eve of Christmas eve. Bad habits die hard I guess. Plus there's no room in my freezer for storage.

    These sound delicious! A combination of two of my favorite cookies!

  9. Yum, Christy, these look and sound delicious - love almond shortbread. I don't normally do a lot of baking at Xmas, but I just might have to give these a try :-)

  10. I was ready to taste them after I read "Almond"! These could be considered a breakfast meal...right? Thanks for sharing a tasty recipe and for making me hungry again waaaay before supper. :-)

  11. I'm not much of a cookie gal (don't hit me, don't hit me!), but when you keep repeating the B word like that, you've got my attention. You know how much I like butter :)

  12. I love shortbread and these are simply perfect, Christy.

  13. These sound wonderful Christy. I've never made thumbprint cookies before but I'd really like to try these. They sound luscious!

  14. I adore anything shortbready because well, i am half English! The idea of adding almonds into the mix is very intriguing! Hope your holiday planning is going well and you finally found your plates! :) Thanks as always for being you and hosting and posting on the hearth and soul hop! Hugs! Alex

  15. Goodness - I believe it! When can I get some?

  16. Christy, this is a great cookie and I plan to make it tonight. I may change the flavor of the jam since I don't think that is what I have. Anyway, you have inspired me.

    In the baking group, Have the Cake, we are making shortcake this month. I may end up being a little different and making these cookies. Thanks.