Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are a classic cookie made often during the holiday season. A shortbread cookie dough is filled with a raspberry jam and baked until just golden around the edges. Once cooled, these cookies are drizzled with an almond flavored icing that compliments the flavors of the cookie perfectly.

These Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are a tasty bite-sized treats that work great for cookie exchanges, to take to parties, or to offer as a holiday food gift. They are also delicious with a hot cup of tea and a good book on a chilly winter afternoon!

3 Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies in a stack on a blue snowman plate

Classic Christmas Cookies That Never Get Old

Recently I made these Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies. They got me to thinking about these Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies that I have been making for many years now. So, of course, I had to make them! What is great about this cookie recipe is the fact that you can fill them with pretty much any flavor jam you wish, and you can make a variety of flavors with just one batch!

I have made these cookies and filled them with raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb, apricot, pineapple, peach, and grape jam. I am sure there are many other jams out there that would be just as tasty! Whatever your favorite it, then you can be sure it will be delicious!

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookie with a bite taken out of it.

What You Need To Make Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

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Butter

Sugar

All-purpose flour

Raspberry jam

Almond extract, this is my favorite brand.

Rimless cookie sheet, I use these cookie sheets.

Cooling racks, I love these stackable ones!

Glazed Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies on cooling rack

Tips and Substitutions

  • Be sure to chill the cookie dough for at least 1 hour.
  • Use a tablespoon sized cookie scoop to get perfectly portioned cookies.
  • Use your thumb (be sure your nail is trimmed) or the back of a small spoon to make the indent in the cookie dough.
  • Skip the jam and bake the cookies with the thumbprint and then fill the cooled cookie with Nutella!
  • Roll the cookie dough in granulated sugar before making the thumbprint.
  • Substitute amaretto liqueur for the almond extract and milk in the glaze.

Other Thumbprint Cookies To Make

Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies

Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints

Coconut Lime Thumbprints

Hazelnut Thumbprints

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

glazed cookies on cooling rack

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Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Shelby Law Ruttan
A buttery shortbread thumbprint cookie with raspberry jam baked in the center and drizzled with an almond flavored icing.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 27 mins
Course Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 157 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 24 teaspoons raspberry jam
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl beat the butter till softened. Add sugar and brown sugar and beat till fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and salt and beat well. Add the flour and beat till well mixed. Cover and chill about 1 hour.
    creaming together butter and sugar
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Roll the dough into 1 tablespoon sized balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Make an indent in the center of the dough with your thumb. Place 1 teaspoon of jam in the center of the dough. Bake for 13 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Cool completely.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract until smooth. Drizzle over top of the cooled cookies and allow the icing to dry. Store in an airtight container.
    adding icing to cookies

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Notes

Tips and Substitutions

  • Be sure to chill the cookie dough for at least 1 hour.
  • Use a tablespoon sized cookie scoop to get perfectly portioned cookies.
  • Use your thumb (be sure your nail is trimmed) or the back of a small spoon to make the indent in the cookie dough.
  • Skip the jam and bake the cookies with the thumbprint and then fill the cooled cookie with Nutella!
  • Roll the cookie dough in granulated sugar before making the thumbprint.
  • Substitute amaretto liqueur for the almond extract and milk in the glaze.

Nutrition

Serving: 24gCalories: 157kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 32mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 189IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Honeybunch Hunts is a website dedicated to Hunting, Homesteading and Harvesting. Written by Shelby Law Ruttan, author and owner of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, she (Honeybunch) and Phil (Grumpy) have come together in a joint effort to share their knowledge and experience from the woods, to the garden, to the table.

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