We have entered the month of Christmas! And with Christmas comes loads of baking, especially cookies. Nicole makes many types of cookies during these upcoming weeks before Christmas. She bakes dozens and dozens and splits them up to send off to her family, my family, coworkers, and friends. Her favorite cookies to bake are spritz, thumbprints, snickerdoodles, Russian teacakes and of course our loaded peanut butter cookies. The thumbprints are what we bring you this year. These are one of the simplest to make and the recipe makes a lot. But always have a friend nearby who can help making the wells on the cookies. That’s my job even though I have big fingers so mine are a little on the larger side. It’s okay because you can just fill it with more jam!
Just as every human’s fingerprint is special, Nicole’s thumbprint cookies are unique. Her mom-mom used to make polish tea cakes which are similar to these. They are more or less the same cookie with jam in the center, but the polish version is smaller and puffier and rolled in walnuts. So in homage to her mom-mom, she adds almonds and almond meal to her thumbprints to marry these two cookie types. It is also tradition to use raspberry jam in the Swedish thumbprints and apricots in the polish, that’s why we chose to use both flavors here.
Almond Thumbprint CookiesPrint This
- 1 Cup Butter
- 2/3 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1/4 Cup Almond Meal
- Pinch Salt
- 1 Cup Almond Slices
- Raspberry or Apricot Jam
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream butter and sugar until light colored and fluffy. Add almond extract and mix until combined. Add flour, almond meal, and salt. Mix until well combined.
Crush the almond slices until they are small enough to coat the dough. Take 1 tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball, then roll into the crushed almonds. Place on a greased cookie sheet and press your thumb into the center of the dough ball, creating a well. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of jam into the thumbprint. Bake for about 12-16 minutes.
Share with family and friends!
We had a great Thanksgiving with my family and a great second Thanksgiving with Nicole’s family last night. Nicole got a free turkey from work so we took advantage and had our own. It was my first turkey I cooked whole and solo and it didn’t turn out dry! Also cooking a big dinner in our apartment with that many sides is a tough task. We also hit our 4 year anniversary today! So we’re going to go to Philadelphia’s Christmas village to get some ornaments for the tree, followed by a nice lunch in Center City. It’s pretty cool to see how far we have grown and even the growth of this blog. Just last month we hit our all-time highest views per day and month. It’s pretty crazy and we would like to thank all of our readers for supporting us through our journey.