It finally hit me today that time is winding down before Christmas—there’s only 20 days until this joyous holiday! I also remembered that St. Nick comes tonight, which is not only a tradition I loved as a kid, but also reminded me that I’m running out of time for holiday shopping.
Instead of stressing, I turned to one of my favorite obsessions: Pinterest. This online DIY-lover’s paradise has crafts, recipes, and gift ideas and can be a real life-saver. Pinterest helped me decide to make cookies for those hard-to-shop-for people on my Christmas list this year. Here are two of the recipes I found.
Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies
I recently had a craving for these cookies and asked my mom to make some for me. I would’ve made them myself if I knew it was this easy!
1 cup butter
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 -2 teaspoons milk
Beat together butter, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Gradually mix in flour until combined.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Use a small cookie scoop to measure dough; roll dough into 1- inch balls.
Place dough balls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Using your thumb or a small cap, make an indention in the center of each cookie.
Fill each indention with about 1/4 teaspoon of jam.
Bake for 14 – 16 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are very lightly browned.
Allow cookies to cool for about a minute on the cookie sheet, then move to a cookie rack to cool completely.
To make the glaze, combine confectioners’ sugar, almond extract, and milk in small bowl, adding the milk gradually until the desired consistency is achieved; drizzle over cooled cookies.