The first thumbprint cookie I ever made was about 15 years ago with my friend Sarah. Sarah and I met in 2000 in a speech class at community college… we’ve been friends, best friends, ever since. I remember hanging out in her tiny kitchen apartment one December afternoon as we made the thumbprints.
We made thumbprints that were a chocolate cookie filled with caramel and rolled in nuts. I, of course made mine without nuts because I’m allergic, but they were still super delicious. And they were a big hit with our family and friends when we shared them.
I wish I would have been a blogger back then and saved the recipe… they would have made a great blog post! hehe
Because I have such fond memories of making those thumbprints with Sarah, I decided to make the Raspberry Thumbprints Day 9 of 12 Days of Cookies! This cookie isn’t chocolate though… but is a butter based cookie that crumbles and melts in your mouth as you take a bite. Rolled in chopped almonds, the nuts add a rich flavor and a crunch to the cookie.
The jam on top is my favorite raspberry jam, but any jam could be used. I really love the sweetness that the jam adds to the butter flavors of the cookie. It’s sweet, rich and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
If you wanted, you could finely chop up any kind of nut you wanted to roll these cookies in. Hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts… really anything would work. I just happen to have almonds when I made these cookies, so that’s what I used! You could also use any flavor of jam you wanted or even a thick powdered sugar glaze tinted in holiday colors would be good! The possibilities are endless with thumbprint cookies!
So, the next time you’re looking for a quick, fun cookie to bring to a party… try these raspberry thumbprints! They’re sure to be a hit!
Want more cookies?
Check out the main page for the 12 Days of Cookies and you’ll find the links to all the recipes! Next cookie will be posted tomorrow!