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Thumbprint Shortbread Cookies

These are the TASTIEST Christmas cookies I have ever made. They are ridiculously easy to make, with only a few ingredients. Feel free to use your creativity with the fillings!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup Fillings, as desired  (jam, peanut butter, Nutella, maraschino cherries)


  • In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar and almond extract. Beat on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add the flour until combined. Form the dough into a big ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place onto prepared baking sheets. Carefully push your thumb into the center of each ball of dough to slightly flatten and form a small “pool.” Fill each pool with desired fillings. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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