Apricot-Almond Thumbprints

Apricot-Almond Thumbprints Recipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas
Filled with orange apricot preserves, these decorative Apricot-Almond Thumbprints are the perfect holiday treat for the table.


Makes about 6 dozen
Total time: 2 Hours

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours


2 cups butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chopped sliced almonds
Parchment paper
3/4 cup apricot preserves


1. Beat first 5 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer 3 to 5 minutes or until creamy. Add flour; beat just until blended.

2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls (about 1 Tbsp. per ball), and roll in almonds. Place 2 inches apart on 2 parchment paper lined-baking sheets. Press thumb or end of a wooden spoon into each ball, forming an indentation. Chill 20 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 15 minutes or until bottoms are light golden brown. Cool on baking sheets 10 minutes; transfer to wire racks, and cool 10 minutes. Spoon 1/2 tsp. apricot preserves into each indentation.

Ben Mims,

Southern Living

December 2013
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