Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies are one of the most popular recipes on my blog every Holiday! You get a buttery shortbread cookie base, a bright, vibrantly flavored raspberry jam filling and they are finished with a sweet almond glaze. Simply put, they are addictively delicious! They’re perfect for gifting, making for parties or just for an after dinner treat.

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I love that they call for minimal, simple ingredients, they are so easy to make and they do not require hours of refrigeration. And they are one of the tastiest cookies I have ever had.
Basic ingredients yet so much delicious flavor!

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Why are My Cookies are Spreading Too Much?
Too much spread means that you need a little more flour or a colder dough (so chill longer before baking) or try adding a little more flour to the dough.

Why is My Dough Crumbly?
The dough will be crumbly, Just keep mixing and it should come together. If it does not you can add just a tiny bit of milk or butter to bring together or the next time around try a little less flour.

Is There a Substitute for Almond Extract?
For the best flavor I recommend sticking with the almond extract, However, if there is an allergy in your home, or to whom your gifting these too you could replace the almond extract with vanilla extract. I recommend using 1 tsp vanilla in the dough then 1/2 tsp in the glaze so it’s not tinted too much.

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I hope you love these cookies as much as I do! They totally remind me of a few of my childhood favorites, the Knott’s Berry Shortbread, and the Pepperidge Farm Verona cookies but of course, they are a hundred times better!

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

These Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies are delicious and they definitely need to find a place on your dinner treat!

Servings: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Thumbprint Cookies
Calories: 117 kcal
Author: Jaclyn from cooking classy


2 cups + 2 Tbsp (300g) all-purpose flour*
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, cold and then diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
2/3 cup (140g) granulated sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
Glaze (optional)
1 cup (124g) powdered sugar
1 tsp almond extract
2 – 4 tsp water

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