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- 1-cup butter (must be butter)
- 2/3-cup sugar
- ½-tsp. almond flavoring
- 2-cups flour
- ½-cup raspberry jam
Mix sugar, butter, and almond flavoring for two minutes. Add flour.
Chill dough for at least 2 hours.
Make into 1” balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. In each cookie, make an indent with your thumb and fill indent with ¼-tsp raspberry jam. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes.
Let stand till cool, then drizzle glaze on top.
- 1-cup powdered sugar
- 3-tsp. water
- 1½- tsp. almond extract
Thoughts on the Recipe
These cookies are simple and easy to make. Raspberry thumbprints were something I looked forward to baking (and eating) every year. I liked doing the thumbprint part and spooning in the raspberry jam. It can be kind of time-consuming, so it’s a great task for kids; they get to contribute and it keeps them busy. The drizzle is another task that would be good for kids, though it’s a little more challenging than the jam part.
Some of you might be wondering what type of raspberry jam you should use. I’m going to be perfectly honest; I don’t remember what kind we used or even if it really matters. I believe there were years where we used homemade and years where we used store bought. If it made a difference, it was one I didn’t seem to notice.
Survival of the Fittest
Each year, my mom tries to eliminate the less popular items on her list of Christmas goodies to make. She likes for us to weigh in on the decisions, so she doesn’t inadvertently get rid of one we all enjoy. It’s tough to eliminate any of them, but she tries nevertheless. Raspberry thumbprints manage to survive from year to year despite my dad’s insistence that it’s unnecessary to keep making them. I will defend those delightful cookies, and even if they get taken off the list someday, I will continue making them.
Raspberry thumbprints have been a part of our Christmas cookie tray for as long as I can remember (which isn’t actually saying all that much). They have just the right amount of sweet, so they don’t overwhelm you, and they raspberry jam in the center is simply delectable. Plus, you can easily eat more than one – which may or may not be a good thing.