Thumbprint Cookies (Raspberry Almond Flavored)

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Amazing raspberry-filled and almond-flavored shortbread Thumbprint Cookies are irresistibly good and perfect for a holiday cookie platter! Plus, I’m sharing all my secrets to making these cookies the best — from what jam to use, to when to chill them, and rolling the cookies in sugar before baking.

If you’re assembling a cookie platter, you’ll want to make sure these thumbprint cookies are accompanied by these Snickerdoodle Cookies, these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, and these Peanut Butter Cookies.

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

A few months ago, I showcased a few recipes at a local department store’s grand opening. After brainstorming for a bit, I decided on these Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies, along with this Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Ball. I worked on these cookies incessantly in the weeks leading up to the event to make sure they were perfect!

While we made plenty of the cheese ball – and it was quite a hit – we did not account for how crazy people would go over these cookies. Within 10 minutes, all 300 hundred of these cookies were devoured. People kept coming back after hearing about them from others and were devastated to hear they’d missed them.

Needless to say, these really are the BEST Thumbprint Cookies. The raspberry and almond combo are unparalleled and are sure to be a huge hit at your next get-together.

Process shots: soften the butter; combine with sugar Process shots: cream the butter and sugar; add in extracts and baking agents

These jelly Thumbprint Cookies are super easy to make! Read on for a quick process breakdown.

How do you make jelly cookies?

  • Start by beating room-temperature butter and sugar together. It’s very important the butter is at room temperature and not melted. Here’s why.
  • Next add in the baking extracts (SO much flavor!), cornstarch, and salt. The cornstarch is going to keep these cookies super soft.
  • Finally, add in the flour. You want to make sure you don’t overmix once you add in the flour– that will result in dense cookies.
  • Most shortbread recipes call for chilling next, but I’ve found it’s best to shape the cookies while the dough is easy to work with! Measure your cookie balls, roll in sugar (optional), form the indent in the center, and THEN they’re ready to chill!
  • After the cookies are chilled, you can add in that jelly center and bake!

Read on for tips to make these cookies the very best.

Process shots: add in the flour; mix well. Process shots : measure the dough; roll dough balls in sugar

Top TIPS for Thumbprint Cookies:

  • Use the right kind of jam: The jam is the burst of flavor that sets these cookies apart. You can use any flavor of jam you’d like (strawberry, mixed berry, blueberry, peach, etc.). I like raspberry because it complements the almond flavor of the cookies. Once you have your jam, make sure it’s  SEEDLESS jam to keep the focus on the delicious cookies and not those pesky seeds.
  • Two kinds of extracts: Vanilla extract is usually a given for cookies, but these cookies also have almond extract. These two extracts combine to amplify the cookie’s flavor.
  • Roll the dough in granulated sugar: Before chilling, I like to roll the cookies in sugar. Not only does it make these even prettier, but it also adds another element of flavor, sweetness, and improves the texture.
  • Chilled dough: Chill the dough for a bit before baking; this allows all of the ingredients and flavors to meld. Just like marinating meat before you cook it makes it more flavorful, it’s the same with these cookies. It allows the flavors to combine and get more flavorful. For these cookies, I actually found shaping the cookies first and THEN chilling the shaped cookies worked best. While they’re soft and un-chilled, they shape a lot easier and crack a lot less than when the dough is cold. So shape, cover, and chill! Since we’re chilling them without the jam in them, I then also like to chill for another 10 minutes or so after filling these cookies with jam. You want the cookies very cold and firm before going into the oven.
  • Thoroughly beat the butter and sugar: Butter gives these cookies body, texture, and flavor. By beating it with the sugars at the start, you’re fluffing the butter with air, and that gives these cookies that perfect foundation for a great texture. (Margarine won’t cut it for these!)

Process shots: unfilled and filled cookies Process shots: mix the glaze; pipe over the cooled cookies

Plate of raspberry thumbprint cookies with glass of milk in background

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Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

5 from 2 votes
Amazing raspberry-filled and almond-flavored shortbread Thumbprint Cookies are irresistibly good and perfect for a holiday cookie platter!
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Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

5 from 2 votes
Amazing raspberry-filled and almond-flavored shortbread Thumbprint Cookies are irresistibly good and perfect for a holiday cookie platter!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword thumbprint cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chilling Dough 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 37 cookies
Calories 152kcal
Author Chelsea, adapted from Land O Lakes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam or your favorite variety
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar, optional

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (or 2 tablespoons whole milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract (add more to preference)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, cream the room temperature butter and sugar at medium speed until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides as needed. Add in the almond, vanilla extract, cornstarch, and salt and mix until combined. Add the flour into the bowl. Beat together at low speed, scraping bowl as needed, until ingredients are all combined. Do not overmix.
  • Shape the cookies into small balls -- I use a tablespoon measuring spoon to form and measure balls-- and then if desired, roll the cookie dough balls in the 1/2 cup granulated sugar until coated. Next, gently indent the center of each cookie dough ball with your finger. Place these cookies 2 inches apart on a Silpat or parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour (or freeze for 30 minutes). Remove from the fridge and add jam to fill (but not overfill) the centers of the cookies. Return to the fridge for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until very lightly browned (slightly underbake for soft and delicious shortbread cookies!)
  • Remove cookies to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by whisking all the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. (Add heavy whipping cream or milk until you've reached your desired consistency; I like the glaze on the thicker side).
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cookies and allow to set. Cookies are best enjoyed within 3-4 days; store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information is calculated using seedless raspberry jam. Other varieties of jam may change the statistics.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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  1. 5 stars
    These are my new favorite! Made a bunch for 2 weddings this fall. They froze great! Once cooled I froze the cookie for about 30 minutes then iced and put on a cookie sheet in the freezer for about an hour. After everything was thoroughly frozen I pavkaked up and froze for about 3 months before the weddings. Thawed and they were just as delicious as when they were first baked!

  2. My dough keeps coming out crumbly I had to add a drop of milk to get it to mix up . I measured so carefully the flour . I have made these before first time I am having this issue. Any advice?

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