A Thumbprint Style

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 4, 2008

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 at 12:53 am

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 at 1:49 pm

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


Angela November 5, 2008 at 2:29 pm

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 at 9:31 pm

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 at 1:17 pm

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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