Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday Raspberry & Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

Cookie exchanges are so much fun this time of year!  I love a cookie party!  You are able to taste some delicious cookies, collect some amazing recipes, and take home a wonderful assortment of holiday yummies!  What could be better?  I decided to try out a new recipe this year..."Holiday Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints."  I won second place at our cookie exchange with this recipe.  Maybe next year I can take first!  If only I had voted for my own cookie...maybe I could have been the ultimate cookie baker!!  Hee hee!  First place, second place, doesn't matter...the point is that these are delicious cookies!!  I loved them and look forward to making another batch soon.  They are super easy and super yummy!  Here's the recipe for you.


1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon milk

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2.In a medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Mix in flour until dough comes together. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Make a small hole in the center of each ball, using your thumb and finger (or the end of a chapstick container...worked quite nicely), and fill the hole with preserves.

3.Bake for 14 to 18 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet.

4.In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners' sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over warm cookies.

Is your mouth watering for these delicious treats?  Make a batch and give them out to neighbors or just keep them for yourself...always nice to have an assortment of cookies around when a friend stops by!  Do you have a favorite holiday cookie you like to make...please share!

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  1. Oh my goodness. They look so cute. Adorable! I bet they are scrumdiddlyumptious! YUM!

  2. Made these and took them to our family Christmas party. They were a big hit.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. I hope all is well. You have not posted in such a long time! I love reading your blog. You are such an inspiration for me to be a better mom. Hope everything is okay...


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