Raspberry and Almond/Vanilla Shortbread Cookies

So…..I finished my shopping, wrapping, organizing, cleaning, etc….far too soon this year. Now I am left with all this TIME to Not shop, wrap, organize and clean, I am finding myself wondering what the heck to do…I don’t feel like reading, crafting, ironing, etc, so what the heck….more cookies! My kids are always happy to take them off of my hands, so I know they won’t go to waste. Today, I made these little guys…no chocolate (per request) pretty, little, thumbprint cookies! I hope you like them!

Perfect little Thumbprint cookies!

Perfect little Thumbprint cookies!



Raspberry and Almond/Vanilla Shortbread Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1/2 cup raspberry jam (or any flavor you like!)

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp almond extract

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3-5 tsp milk

Christmas sprinkles, optional

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until it is well mixed together and smooth. Mix in the extracts and flour. Cover and chill for a couple of hours. (not you, the cookie dough! haha)

Roll the dough in your hands into 1-1/2 inch balls and place on the cookie sheets…I did about 16 per sheet. Make a small indentation in the center of each ball using your finger. (I actually used the lid on a teeny container I had.) Fill the hole with the jam or preserves.

Bake the cookies for 16-20 minutes. You want the bottoms to be lightly browned and the tops to be set and slightly golden. Let cool on the sheets.

While cooling, make the glaze by combining the sugar, extracts and milk. You want the consistency to be like a thin icing…you can add as much or little milk as you like to make it the right consistency for you. I lay all the cookies next to each other, then using a fork, I scoop up some glaze and go back and forth across one row of cookies at a time, refilling my fork with the glaze as needed. Add a few sprinkles (optional) and


What did I love about this recipe? They are tasty, easy, traditional and they so pretty. Plus, they filled up some spare time I had today…Remind me next year to save a few gifts for last-minute so I can feel the “hustle and bustle” please.

What didn’t I love about this recipe? Nothing…they are exactly what I wanted!

Merry Christmas!

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