These are my new favorite Holiday cookies and they will be added to next year’s Christmas Cookie list. I ended up making two batches because the first time the cookies spread out and they aren’t supposed to. The reason that happened was because I didn’t let the cookies chill in the fridge for an hour. I didn’t read the instructions well and wanted to put the short bread cookie dough in the oven right away. Major mistake on my part, oops! You live and learn. That is probably the major key to getting this cookie right. Leave the dough in the fridge for an hour and keep the dough cool while making these. The dough is a little bit crumbly and hard to work with but you can work with it enough to get the cookie shaped into a 1 inch ball. They still taste the same even if they do spread out, but they aren’t as pretty. 🙂
Almond extract in shortbread cookie dough really enhances the flavor to short bread cookies.I am in love with it now and while making these cookies I got an idea for another type of savory cookie I want to try with this same method. Just not sure if almond extract would be the right type of extra for the kind of cookie I want to make. These pretty much melt in your mouth. Use different flavored jams or whatever is your favorite kind of jam.
Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup seedless red raspberry jam
sugar for sprinkling
1 cup powdered sugar
3 to 4 teaspoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
- In a medium bowl beat butter medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add the the 2/3 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Beat until well combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with electric mixer and then using a wooden spoon stir in any remaining flour. Cover and chill for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Using your thumb, press an indentation into the center of each ball. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of the jam into each indentation and then sprinkle with sugar. Bake about 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks to finish cooling.
- For icing, in a medium bowl combine powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon water and 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract. Add enough of the remaining water to make a drizzling consistency. Drizzle cookies with icing.