A Thumbprint Style


After a wonderful dinner of spaghetti, including a homemade sauce, I dove into the recipe collection to try and find a cookie to make my brother-in-law for his birthday!

Eric told me his brother loves 1) Jam cookies and 2) Caramel

I hadn’t made jam cookies- or thumbprints as some call them- in ages! So off I was into the kitchen, hoping and praying, that we still had some jam in the fridge. To my delight, in the back, scary corner of the fridge, I saw the family-sized jam jar (albeit sticky). After wrestling with the jar, banging it with a knife and throwing my hands up in frustration, I finally asked, no pleaded in exasperation, that Eric open it for me. :) He successfully opened it in his first attempt. ‘You musta loosened it’, he said. He knows how to make me smile.

So now I could now happily proceed with the Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints recipe that Dee ever so graciously submitted to All Recipes. I was suddenly craving a huge cup of tea.

Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam (I used strawberry)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.


3. Mix in flour until dough comes together.


4. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Make a small hole in the center of each ball, using your thumb and finger.


5. Fill with preserves. Sprinkle with sugar (my addition).


6. In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over warm cookies.


7. Serve with tea. :)

I actually skipped the icing drizzle as I didn’t find that they needed it. These are a nice, light cookie; a much softer version of your typical shortbread.

  • My rating: 3.75/5 stars
  • All Recipe’s rating: 4.5/5 stars out of 512 respondents

Eric didn’t really care for these cookies :( He said he has never been a big ‘jam in the cookies’fan. lol. ok….


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caitlin November 5, 2008

ooo the jam cookies look amazing. and you and your husband are so beautiful. you can see the love radiating from your faces!


colleen November 5, 2008

I love thumbprint cookies! So many variations you can do!


Angela November 5, 2008

Caitlin Thanks for your sweet comments! We are certainly madly in love- even after 8 years! We are highschool sweethearts :D

Colleen Hi there! Yes, there are tons of variations you can do with thumbprints….I love them!


Eliana >^..^ November 4, 2009

OMG..I love that picture of the two of you. Awesome action shot, you guys look so happy and in love.


Sahil November 27, 2013

It looks yummy, BTW I would like to have them with tomate sauce :) I am gonna prepare the cookies this weekend and lets hope they taste good.


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