Raspberry Thumbprint Donuts, made with just two essential ingredients and a bit of glaze, are an ideal choice for a speedy breakfast delight. Fans of thumbprint cookies will adore these in their donut version. Typing “thumbprint” has been a bit of a challenge for me; I’ve mistyped it nearly 37 times while drafting this post, often confusing the ‘b’ and ‘p’.
These Almond Raspberry Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies are irresistibly delicious. Imagine a cookie that’s both buttery and sweet, with a texture so light and flaky it’s akin to a mini pastry. They are the epitome of perfection in every bite.
Featuring almond shortbread filled with luscious raspberry jam and finished with a drizzle of almond glaze, they are a favorite recipe I turn to year after year.
I first encountered these delightful Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies when my eldest son was in Pre-School. It was there I met Andi, the mother of another student. Andi was known for her exquisite tea parties at her home, where these cookies were a standout treat.
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Her home was adorned with Victorian-style decorations, and she possessed an array of elaborate tea sets. I’ve always held these tea parties close to my heart. During one such gathering, she baked almond shortbread cookies that were absolutely divine.
I’ve previously mentioned how Julia enjoys assisting me in the kitchen. My father constructed a helper stool for her, enabling her to stand beside me at the counter (you can see us together in action). She’s always eager to lend a hand, even if it’s just for something simple like slicing an apple.
She proved to be exceptionally skilled at preparing pesto for the cavatappi we made a few weeks ago. However, I always try to think of simple recipes that she can help with, which also keeps my stress levels in check.
The Raspberry Thumbprint Donuts we made were a perfect example. Julia was excellent at using her thumb and a tablespoon to create the indentation for the jam. With only two primary ingredients plus the glaze, these donuts are ideal for little hands keen to assist.
Every Christmas, I bake Almond Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies, and they’ve become a staple on my holiday platters. These cookies hold a special place in my oldest son’s heart, as they are his favorite. However, their appeal isn’t limited to the festive season; they’re also a delightful treat for Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year.
There was a time when I lost the recipe and had to turn to Google for help. I eventually discovered that the recipe for these almond raspberry thumbprint cookies was available on both Kraft Recipes and All Recipes websites.
For those eager to explore more cookie varieties, I recommend trying Gingerdoodle Cookies, Cornflake Crispy Cookies, or Cherry Wink Cookies.
What do you need to make Raspberry Thumbprint Doughnuts
Here’s a detailed list of the ingredients required for this recipe, including their purposes and possible alternatives. For complete measurements, refer to the recipe card at the end.
– Dinner Roll Dough: My preference is Rhodes dinner rolls, available in the freezer aisle of many stores. However, any brand should suffice. Remember to thaw the rolls as instructed on the packaging before beginning.
– Raspberry Jam: This jam consists of mashed fruit, offering a thicker texture than jelly, which uses strained fruit juice. You can also use preserves, which contain larger fruit pieces.
– Powdered Sugar: Also known as confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar, this is finely ground white sugar.
– Butter: Use unsalted butter for this recipe. It doesn’t need to be at room temperature since you’ll be melting it.
– Vanilla Extract: Opt for pure vanilla extract over imitation for enhanced flavor, if available.
– Milk: I typically use 2% milk, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
These are ideal for when you’re short on time but still want to create something stunning. Just remember to give the dough enough time to thaw and rise. Feel free to use any jam you love. You could even prepare a variety plate for guests to choose from, which would be quite charming. Interested in a chocolate alternative? Check out my recipe for chocolate chip cream cheese danishes!
Frequently Asked Questions About Thumbprint Cookies
– What causes thumbprint cookies to flatten?
If your cookies are flat, it might be due to an overly hot oven or, as I’ve done before, forgetting to add flour.
– Is it okay to refrigerate thumbprint cookie dough overnight?
Absolutely, refrigerating the dough overnight is fine.
– What leads to thumbprint cookies cracking?
Cracking might happen if the dough isn’t rolled smoothly to minimize cracks before baking.
– How can I prevent thumbprint cookies from spreading?
Chilling the dough is the most effective way to keep the cookies from spreading.
– What is the calorie count in a raspberry thumbprint cookie?
The calorie count can vary, but a rough estimate for a cookie is around 130 calories – this is just a ballpark figure.
– Are there alternative names for thumbprint cookies?
Indeed, these cookies have several names. Research shows they’re also called hallongrotta (Swedish for ‘raspberry cave’), as well as bird’s nest cookies, butterballs, and Polish tea cakes. I personally prefer calling them thumbprint cookies, what about you?
– How much sugar is in each thumbprint cookie?
Excluding the icing, I’d estimate there’s about ¾ teaspoon of sugar in each cookie.
Recipe Modifications and Alternatives
These thumbprint cookies are versatile and can be made with various types of jam. Raspberry is a personal favorite, however, strawberry or blueberry are equally suitable. Peach jam is another delightful option I’ve tried with great success!
In case almond extract isn’t available for that distinct almond flavor, feel free to use vanilla extract instead. This will slightly alter the taste of the raspberry almond thumbprint cookies, but they will remain irresistibly tasty.
Advice for Storage and Enjoyment
For optimal freshness, keep these raspberry shortbread cookies in a sealed container for up to 3-4 days. Alternatively, wrapping them in plastic is also effective. I advise against freezing these cookies as their buttery quality and taste are best when enjoyed fresh.
These almond raspberry thumbprint cookies, made with a handful of basic ingredients, are a delightful choice for your festive cookie selection. Their delightful taste and simplicity are likely to make them a cherished favorite during the Christmas season in your household.
- 6 large Rhodes dinner rolls, thawed
- 3 Tablespoons raspberry jam
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons milk (preferably 2%)
- Thaw 6 Rhodes Dinner Rolls by leaving them covered in the refrigerator overnight or on the countertop for about two hours until they are thawed but still cold.
- Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with foil or parchment paper and lightly coating it with non-stick spray. Flatten each roll into a circular shape and arrange them on the cookie sheet. Cover the rolls loosely with plastic wrap that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray. Allow them to rise for approximately two hours or until they have doubled in size.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Remove the plastic wrap from the risen rolls.
- Create a well in the center of each roll using the back of a tablespoon or your thumb.
- Place ½ Tablespoon of raspberry jam into each well.
- Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
- While the rolls are baking, prepare the glaze by mixing together powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, and milk in a small bowl.
- Once the rolls are baked, remove them from the oven and, while still warm, brush them with the prepared glaze.
- Allow the rolls to cool, and then drizzle any remaining glaze over the tops for a final touch.