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Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Apricot-Almond Thumbprints

Filled with orange apricot preserves, these decorative Apricot-Almond Thumbprints are the perfect holiday treat for the table.

Southern Living DECEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Makes about 6 dozen
  • 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.


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