BEST Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

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This Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies recipe is a tradition for the holidays, at least, it is a tradition if you hail from northern Europe and the United Kingdom. There are many variations of this particular cookie around the world, likely because it tastes so good, and there are so many ways to play with thumbprint cookie recipe itself. For instance, some thumbprint recipes would have you roll the individual cookie dough in crushed nuts. Some might choose walnuts, others might choose almond, or still other kinds of nuts, depending on what you like and how you have flavored the cookie dough itself. That addition, of rolling the individual cookie dough bits in nuts adds a lot to the cookie. The filling is another part that you can really play with. Some recipes can get quite decadent adding chocolate to the middle or even dried fruit and cream cheese blends. In this particular thumbprint recipe, peach jam is used. Peach jam offers a wonderful complement and contrast to this cookie dough.

This thumbprint cookie recipe is easy to make, and the cookies freeze well, whether you freeze them after you bake them or just freeze the dough. One advantage to freezing the dough is that you can then just make as many cookies as you need, and then they are always fresh when you serve them. Just be sure to wrap the dough really well in wax paper and then plastic, and use it up in 30 days or so. As with many cookie recipes, the trick lies in using excellent ingredients, and being careful with the blend. Often, blending cookies by hand is a better way to make the cookie than using your mixer. And, leaving the cookie dough to chill and for the flavors to comingle during the night is also a great idea, and this step can often greatly improve your cookie results. So consider trying it when you have plenty of lead time to prepare your cookies.

These cookies are an easy recipe for up and coming bakers to turn their hand to, in part because they can let their imaginations go wild. So they can consider whether they want to add something to the outside of the cookie or to leave it plain, and what they might want to roll the cookie in, should they decide to roll it before it gets cooked. They might choose a sugar or sugar blend, nuts, or some other creative idea. They can also make choices about the type of filling they will put in the cookies, which can lead to some interesting variations. Finally, they can add a glaze, as this particular recipe, does to complete this pretty cookie.

Nutrition Facts for: Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies From Barefeet In The Kitchen
Ingredients: Butter, sugar, all purpose flour, almond extract, jam, powdered sugar, milk.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 40 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 100, Calories from Fat 42, Total Fat 4.7g 7%, Saturated Fat 2.9g 15%, Cholesterol 12mg 4%, Sodium 35mg 1%, Potassium 12mg 0%, Carbohydrates 13.9g 5%, Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%, Sugars 8.3g, Protein 0.7g, Vitamin A 3%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 0%,Iron 2%

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