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Raspberry Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

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For some reason, this raspberry thumbprint cookie recipe starts making its rounds in time for the Christmas season. Such a bad rap, though, because it really should be enjoyed year-round.

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint cookies

I totally get that some cookies lend themselves well to being known as Christmas cookies- snowballs, holiday cut-outs, maybe even cookie fudge bars. But for the most part, I’m a proponent of year-round cookies.

Let them shine in May too is my motto!

Really, December is just crazy town for me and May is a little calmer, so you’ll be seeing some of my favorite cookies making the rounds in the next couple weeks. Learn to live with my quirkiness. My family will tell you, there is really no other way.

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Cookie Recipe

The only other thing that really needs pointed out before we get to the actual recipe, is USE THE ALMOND EXTRACT!

If you don’t have it on-hand, buy it. It is not expensive and you will fall so in love with it after this recipe that it will quickly become a staple. Honestly, the almond extract makes all the difference in these buttery shortbread cookies.

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

The almond flavor in this buttery shortbread cookie pairs perfectly with the tart, raspberry jam.

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Mix in flour until dough forms a smooth ball.
  3. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Using your thumb, press down into the center of each ball to make a small indent. Fill each thumbprint with jam.
  4. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over cookies.

These cookies look delicious and will melt in your mouth! Don’t be afraid to try them with a different flavor jam too. I’ve made them with strawberry jam many times!

If you’re looking for other delicious cookie options, I’ve got you covered there!

These Toffee Chip Cookies are so buttery and soft! I’ve never taken them anywhere without getting asked for the recipe multiple times!

These Toffee Chip Cookies are so softy and chewy! Our whole family fell in love with them!

These Chocolate Pecan and Hershey Kiss Cookies are a fun twist on the peanut butter version. They can be made with or without nuts too based on your preference!

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Everyone needs a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, right?? This one has gotten rave reviews since I first published it years ago! It still the one I use for my own family too!


And because I do admit that some cookies pretty much scream Christmas, I’d be remiss if I didn’t throw in my Holiday Chalkboard Sugar Cookies! These are still a fan favorite every December!


Don’t forget to pin today’s Raspberry Thumbprint Cookie Recipe so you have it whenever you need it, even if that isn’t until December! 😉

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies Recipe