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  • Writer's pictureHeather Green

Raspberry Thumbprint and Almond Christmas Cookies!

Updated: Dec 29, 2023

In this episode, I will show you how to make two kinds of Christmas Cookies. One is Thumbprint Cookie using Raspberry Jam and the other is a classic Almond Cookie with a delicious almond glaze. If you're tired of regular sugar and gingerbread cookies, try mixing these into your traditions.


 


Jelly Thumbprint Cookies (Makes 24)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened (enough to leave a fingerprint)

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed

  • 1 egg

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup  jam (You can use any kind you like. I chose raspberry)

  • Powdered sugar optional as a topping


Instructions:

1.) Using a Stand or hand mixer blend the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar for around 2-3 minutes.


2.) Add in the egg and vanilla extract.


3.) After a couple of minutes add in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Continue mixing until combined.


4.) Once a dough has formed, place it on plastic wrap and press it to form a disk. Fully cover it with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge. Cool it anywhere from 1 hour to 3 days.


5.) Let it stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before you plan to use it.


6.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and using a 1 tbsp spoon or ice cream scooper, get enough dough to roll into 1-inch balls.


7.) Place these balls on a parchment-covered baking sheet leaving about three inches between them.


8.) Using a spoon or your thumb, press into the center of each ball making a dent. Fill each of the indentations with a 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite jam. I used Raspberry, but feel free to be creative.


9.) Place the trays in the freezer to chill for 10-15 minutes. Then bake for 10-11 minutes.


10.) Let them rest on the trays for 5 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely. Top with powdered sugar if you so desire.


Almond Glazed Christmas Cookies (Makes 24)

Ingredients for the Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, soft but cold (you can make a thumbprint in it)

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup  sliced almonds

Ingredients for the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

  • 2 tablespoons water


Instructions:

1.) Heat oven to 400 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.


2.) Using a hand or stand mixer, combine the softened butter, sugar, and almond extract.


3.) In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, and salt and add it gradually 2 tablespoons at a time to the butter mixture. Do not skip this process.


4.) Taking a small 1 tbsp measuring spoon or ice cream scoop, get enough to roll into 1-inch balls and flatten slightly. These will spread so don't flatten too much.


5.) Place on the baking sheets and cook for 7 minutes. When you remove them, they won't look done but they will be. As soon as safe to do so, add sliced almonds to the top and press into the cookie a little.


6.) Mix all the ingredients for the glaze in a bowl and drizzle on top. It will eventually firm up and stay in place on the cookie. Enjoy!



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