Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

The best raspberry thumbprint cookies recipe is easy to make, easy to prep, and easy to clean off the plate when finished.
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Are you looking for the best thumbprint cookies recipe? Look no further because this raspberry thumbprint cookies recipe is the most requested one that I make from people of all ages. I originally had this recipe over a decade ago in a teacher’s lounge so don’t know the original source. I just know it is beyond incredible and unique in flavor. While the flavors of this recipe are amazing, it’s even better because there are no eggs.

The best raspberry thumbprint cookies recipe is easy to make, easy to prep, and easy to clean off the plate when finished.

The best raspberry thumbprint cookies recipe is easy to make, easy to prep, and easy to clean off the plate when finished.

To be the best thumbprint cookie recipe it needs to be very easy and this recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare. The fact that it is completely egg free makes it so it’s a wonderful treat for those with egg allergies and doesn’t make as much of a mess. As with any recipe, there is some mess but no sticky egg spills. I’ve made this recipe numerous times so have learned a few tricks to get the best results.

The best raspberry thumbprint cookies recipe is easy to make, easy to prep, and easy to clean off the plate when finished.

When making this recipe there are a few things to look for that will help you know it’s done. When you are finished mixing all of the ingredients together, the dough will come clean off the edges of the mixing bowl. This lets you know you mixed it well and that it will form dough balls nicely.

The best raspberry thumbprint cookies recipe is easy to make, easy to prep, and easy to clean off the plate when finished.

An essential part of this thumbprint cookie recipe is the jelly. Use a jelly that is thick and goopy so it does not liquify when heating. For years I bought mine from a bakery store and finally found the same cake and pastry filling on Amazon.  This is the magic behind these cookies. I have tried it with regular jelly but it does not taste the same. So the thicker the better!

The best raspberry thumbprint cookies recipe is easy to make, easy to prep, and easy to clean off the plate when finished.

When you make the frosting for this recipe, the almond extract adds a delicious flavor. I recommend doubling the frosting recipe so you can add plenty to the cookies. And if you have any leftover, grab some pretzels to dip in it…it tastes incredible!

The best raspberry thumbprint cookies recipe is easy to make, easy to prep, and easy to clean off the plate when finished.

I hope you enjoy this raspberry thumbprint cookies recipe as much as we do!

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The best raspberry thumbprint cookies recipe is easy to make, easy to prep, and easy to clean off the plate when finished.
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Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Total Time
46 mins
 

The best raspberry thumbprint cookies recipe is easy to make, easy to prep, and easy to clean off the plate when finished.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 40 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract for dough
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 raspberry jelly or flavor of choice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract for frosting
  • 4-5 tsp water
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, almond extract, and butter. Beat at medium speed until creamy.

  3. Add flour one cup at a time and beat on low speed until well mixed.

  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

  5. Make an indentation with thumb in center of the cookie.

  6. Fill each indentation with jam until it is level with the top of the cookie.

  7. Bake for 14-18 minutes or until the edges ar lightly browned. 

  8. Let stand one minute and remove from cookie sheet.

  9. While cookies are baking, mix powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tsp of almond extract, and water together to make the frosting.

  10. Drizzle frosting over cookies before they have completely cooled.

29 COMMENTS

  1. These are making me drool! I love cookies and these are one of my faves! I especially am loving the raspberry flavoring! That is a win-win-win to me! Cant wait to try!

  2. One word: heavenly! Those cookies look sooo good and I can’t wait to try and make some for my family! I’m sure my kids will love it!

  3. I feel like I just want to grab these cookies from the screen! Thumbprint cookie is one of my favourite cookies since I was a kid. Thank you for sharing this recipe and for the tips. I bookmark this post.

  4. This looks so good! I love making cookies like this and I usually go with strawberries but I’d love to give raspberries a chance to shine too. What makes this even better is the frosting!

  5. This makes me nostalgic – these are similar to ones my mom made at the holidays, but they didn’t have icing like these. These look so great – will have to give them a try!

  6. I’ve been a huge fan of raspberry thumbprint cookies since I was a kid. It’s been so long since I had any. This recipe has me feeling so nostalgic, I think I might need to make me some this weekend

  7. These cookies look so yummy! I really want to get into baking so will definitely be saving this recipe. I’m sure my friends and family will love these!

  8. Yum these look so good! I’ve always wanted to make thumbprint cookies! I can’t wait to try out this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies looks delicious! I think , it would perfect recipe for outing this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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