Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

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It's that time of year again when you want to start thinking about getting together your baking supplies and ingredients for your holiday cookie recipes. One of the most difficult things is to determine which holiday cookie recipes you will make. You'll want to figure out if you will be having many guests over, if there are any bake sales you need to do and how many you will need for your family and possibly gifts. This raspberry almond shortbread holiday cookie recipe is just one of the easy cookies you might consider. The recipe is easy to make, and they look nice too. For the full step by step instructions for this holiday cookie recipe, you will want to look at the Cooking Classy site.

For this holiday cookie recipe, you will need all-purpose flour, salt, cold unsalted butter, granulated sugar, almond extract and raspberry jam, seedless raspberry jam is preferred. If you choose to add the glaze, you will need powdered sugar, almond extract, and water. This easy cookies recipe is nice because you don't have to chill the cookie dough for two hours before shaping, just 20 minutes for this homemade cookie recipe. The trick to this holiday cookie recipe is to make sure that your butter is cold when you add it. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, you will start by blending the cold butter and sugar until combined. This step of the holiday cookie recipe will take a minute or two since the butter for the recipe is cold. If you don't have a paddle attachment for your stand mixer that constantly scrapes the bowl, then you want to be sure and occasionally stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and the bottom of bowl. Mix in some almond extract then add the flour and blend until the mixture comes together. Again this step will take a bit of mixing because the butter is cold, so be patient, it will seem a bit dry at first.

You might wonder why some recipes and holiday cookie recipes call for soft room temperature butter, while other easy cookies and baked goods call for cold butter. Soft room temperature butter is used when the butter and the sugar are creamed together, and the air is incorporated evenly in the base of a batter or a cookie dough. Soft butter is what helps to create tenderness and lift. Soft butter is good to use in cake recipes and soft cookie recipes. For these recipes, you will want to make sure that the butter is fully at room temperature. If you are in a hurry, cut the butter into tiny pieces, and it will quickly soften. Then there will be easy cookies and baked goods that call for cold butter. Cold butter is ideal for baked good recipes and easy cookie recipes that should be crisp. Butter that’s straight from the refrigerator doesn’t get fully incorporated into a batter and instead the butter gets broken down into small pieces throughout your dough. Since butter is about 18 percent of water, the steam is released in those little pockets during baking, which helps to create flaky layers. You want to use cold butter in scones, pie crust recipes, biscuits and crispy cookie recipes. For best results, you want to grate cold butter or use a food processor or a pastry knife. Then handle the dough as little as possible, and if the dough starts to feel warm, pop it in the fridge for a bit.

You will find this holiday cookie recipe on the Cooking Classy site. On the site you will find easy cookies, appetizer recipes, drink recipes, dessert recipes, main dish recipes and more. **

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