Raspberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

December 9, 2010 | By andrea | Filed in: Baking, Christmas, Cookies & Bars, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes.

These jewel-like cookies are easy-to-make, beautiful and lightly flavored with lemon. They’re one of my favorite Christmas cookies and they get raves every time I make them. Enjoy!

Raspberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
-Recipe from foodnetwork.com, Emeril Lagasse

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

1/2 cup raspberry jam or jelly
1 tablespoon Chambord or kirsch
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter 2 large baking sheets.

In a small bowl, combine the jam and Chambord. Stir to combine.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk to blend.

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in the egg yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Add the flour mixture in 2 additions and beat just until moist clumps form. Gather the dough together into a ball.

Pinch off the dough to form 1-inch balls. Place on the prepared baking sheets, spacing 1-inch apart. Use your floured index finger or 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon to create depressions in the center of each ball. Fill each indentation with nearly 1/2 teaspoon of the jam mixture. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

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6 comments on “Raspberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

  1. lori ares says:

    These would make beautiful hostess or teacher gifts with the holidays. Put in a clear cello bag, tied with a festive ribbon and a small tag toting a greeting and waa-laa! Good job A

  2. Mary says:

    These look perfect. They are one of my favorite holiday cookies. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

  3. These looks delicious and so pretty, thank you for the recipe, I am going to try this-this weekend !!

  4. Sue says:

    I love thumbprint cookies! Yours are so pretty!

  5. Cheryl says:

    I’ve made this recipe before and they are really yummy and beautiful too! I’ve been making Christmas cookies all week……will have to make a batch of Thumbprint Cookies tomorrow to include in my cookie plates for neighborhood friends.

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