Raspberry-Almond Shortbread Cookies


Similar to thumbprint cookies, this shortbread dessert is stuffed with raspberry jam. Drizzle with a powdered sugar glaze for a showy topping.

Raspberry-Almond Shortbread Cookies
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
1 hr
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins
36 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • cup granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup seedless red raspberry jam

  • Coarse sugar

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 - 3 teaspoon water

  • 1 ½ teaspoon almond extract


  1. In a medium bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and the 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Cover; chill about 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Using your thumb, press an indentation into the center of each ball. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of the jam into each indentation. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake about 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute. Transfer to wire racks; cool.

  3. Meanwhile, for icing, in a medium bowl combine powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of the water, and the 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract. Add enough of the remaining 1 to 2 teaspoons water to make an icing of drizzling consistency. Drizzle cookies with icing.

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

112 Calories
5g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 112
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Protein 1g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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