Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours
Makes about 6 dozen

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

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

cookiegirl's Review

April 19, 2014
I was so excited to make this recipe, but there something is terribly wrong with it. Followed recipe exactly. Dough was DRY, like bonemeal! I had to squeeze TIGHTLY to form balls. Then almonds would not adhere. Upon indentation with thumb, cookies fell apart. Short recipe and I have read over and over to figure out what I left out, like another cup of butter?Not an inexpensive recipe, very disappointed.

jruth1's Review

January 05, 2014
These are wonderful cookies; not too sweet and perfect with a cup of hot tea. Very pretty for gift baskets also. Froze very well also.

Holiday Baker

December 20, 2016
Yummy cookies.  I was worried about the dough being too dry so I used 1/2 cup less flour and they turned out fine.