Here we are. The last day of my how to create a holiday cookie box series and we’re ending with a classic — raspberry thumbprint cookies!
Of course this doesn’t mean that there will be no cookies left to put in your holiday cookie box! I have a bunch of cookie recipes on the blog and you can use the search feature to look for them.
Honestly, any cookie would be perfect in the holiday cookie box but I love how these raspberry thumbprint cookies look.
They remind me of linzer cookies but with just one cookie instead of two. I think it’s the jammy center that reminds me of it, haha
Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
There is no almond flavoring in these raspberry thumbprint cookies. I know some thumbprint cookies have the almond extract added in but I kept it simple because I know some people don’t like that flavor.
You could also do half and half. Half almond flavoring, half plain.
You can also use any kind of jam! I personally love raspberry or blackberry but blueberry or grape works too. I would probably stick to jams and not do anything like marmalade. I think that could get too chunky and weird.
Tips for making raspberry thumbnail cookies
- You’ll definitely want to chill the dough otherwise it’ll spread too much and you’ll end up with barely any dough to put a well in the center.
- Don’t poke through the dough otherwise you’ll have jammy leakage!
- You don’t have to make the icing topping if you are short on time. It looks just as gorgeous with the powdered sugar!
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Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.
For the cookies:
- 1 cup of butter at room temperature
- ½ cup of granulated sugar divided
- 1 egg at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract or imitation vanilla flavor
- ¼ cup of powdered sugar
- 1 ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of raspberry preserves
For the icing:
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 2 -3 tablespoons of milk
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Whip the butter with an electric mixer until light and smooth.
- Add in ¼ cup of the granulated sugar and mix until light and fluffy.
- Crack in the egg and pour in the vanilla extract and mix again for another minute.
- Sift in the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together.
- Add it into the wet ingredients and stir with a spatula just until combined.
- Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Once the dough has cooled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then prepare a large baking tray with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray and set it aside.
- Heat the raspberry preserves in a microwave for 20 seconds. Remove and stir, then return to the microwave and heat again for 10 more seconds.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and form a one-inch ball from the dough. Roll it in the remaining granulated sugar.
- Place 9-12 cookies on the pan, spread evenly and press your thumb or a ¼ teaspoon into the cookies quickly (do not let your thumb or spoon sit or the dough will start to stick).
- Fill the cavity with preserves just until it reaches the top.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges start to turn a light golden color.
- Repeat the baking process until all of the dough has been used.
- To make the icing, sift the powdered sugar into a medium size bowl, pour in the milk and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
- Lightly drizzle the icing over the cookies and let them dry completely for about 10 minutes before serving.