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plate of almond thumbprint cookies

Almond Jelly Cookies

  • Author: Meredith
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 32 mins
  • Yield: 36 1x


Buttery and nutty melt in your mouth shortbread surrounding a soft, fruity middle. These almond thumbprint cookies are topped with the jelly of your choice.



  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup favorite jelly


  1. Create ground almonds by placing whole, raw almonds into a blender or food processor until they resemble bread crumbs.
  2. In a mixer, beat the butter, salt, extract, sugar and egg yolk until smooth.  Add flour and ground almonds and knead into a firm dough.  Divide the dough into two rolls and refrigerate the dough for one hour.
  3. Preheat your oven to 320˚ F.
  4. Slice the dough rolls 1/2 inch thick and press a thumbprint into each one.  Place 1/2 teaspoon jelly into each thumbprint.
  5. Bake the cookies on greased baking sheets for 12 minutes or until golden on edges.  Dust the cookies with the extra 2 Tablespoons of granulated sugar while warm.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 94
  • Sugar: 1.9
  • Sodium: 33.5
  • Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 8.8
  • Protein: 1.3
  • Cholesterol: 18.7

Keywords: almond thumbprint cookies, thumbprint cookie recipe