There are a few things that make me think “Christmas”. One of those is making Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies. My mom started making these several years ago, but they aren’t something I remember having around as a kid. They are a favorite of REF’s and they are definitely a labor of love.
The recipe is from Land O’ Lakes. You know they have to be good if the recipe is from a butter company.
There aren’t many ingredients, but there quite a few steps so you’ll need to allow yourself some time.
First cream the butter and sugar together.
Then slowly add the flour.
Mix until your dough looks like this…
Then you need to refrigerate this for at least an hour. If you’re really organized you can make the dough ahead of time, then keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to actually prep and bake. If you’re like me…you just need to wait around for the hour.
Next you’ll need to roll the dough into small balls (Getyourmindoutofthegutter). I didn’t take pictures of the ball phase. My hands were really buttery and my assistant is the furry four legged kind.
After you roll them all out, place them on a cookie sheet & press your thumb into them to create a “well” for the raspberry. If you have large thumbs (ahem) you can also use the back of a teaspoon.
Then fill up each well with a 1/2 a teaspoon of preserves.
Now, a sweet older lady at my office brought me homemade preserves to use. For some reason they didn’t really work for this project. I think you really need to use something from the store.
Next you bake the cookies for at 350 for about 15-18 minutes. You just want the edges to be golden brown. After the cookies cool you put the glaze on! This is REF’s favorite part.
You’ll want the glaze consistency to look something like this:
If you mess up and add too much water, just add more powdered sugar. Easy Peasy.
Then you just sprinkle the glaze on the cookies…
Don’t they look AWESOME?!
I package them up in small bags or boxes (about 6 cookies) to give to friends. Last year I used some of our duogram stickers on the bags, but this year I’m skipping that step.
I also have to bring a BIG batch to my office Christmas party on Friday. I made the mistake of one year bringing a small tin of them. I thought the ladies in the office were going to skin me for bringing such a small batch. Lesson Learned … homemade preserves received.
What tasty treats are you baking this season?