Raspberry Thumbprints for my first #SundaySupper!

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Raspberry Thumbprints

Admittedly, the holidays make me a little emotional. When I hear Perry Como sing "There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays," I can't help but get a tad bit weepy. Ever since moving to Pennsylvania, I've had a tough time not feeling left out in December because I'm four hours from home and can't always partake in my family's traditions. If I do get to particpate in things like decorating the tree, it has to be done before I leave for Philly the day after Thanksgiving or as soon as I get back to CT a few days before Christmas. I don't have the luxury of taking a ton of time off, so holiday traditions seem to be a little rushed.

raspberry thumbprints

One of the hardest traditions to be without was baking cookies with my mom. Though my sister, mom and I bake Hungarian cookies together every year, because they're so time consuming, we don't bake nearly as many other varieties as we did when I lived closer. This year as I set out to bake Christmas cookies to send to friends, I called my mom to tell her how baking them without her just wasn't the same.

Luckily for me, I found the #SundaySupper community, where each week the members cook or bake around a specific theme and gather Around the Family Table via Twitter chat on Sunday nights at 7pm. I had seen my friend Carla posting and tweeting about them for a while, but hadn't thought to reach out until recently. I fell in at the perfect time. As I stood alone in front of a flour-dusted butcher block, I knew it was time to get involved. Isabel began #SundaySupper as a way to bring families back to the table after her own daughter went off to college and said that, being away from home, she would miss family dinners most. For me, joining this group of talented and supportive bloggers made me feel like I was back in my mom's kitchen baking along side her. And this was the perfect week to join, as #SundaySupper was participating in a Virtual Cookie Swap. I'm glad to be a part of this amazing community and happy that I can share one of my family's favorite holiday cookie recipes with you this week!

raspberry thumbprints

Raspberry Thumbprints

Author: My mom found this recipe in a magazine years ago, but the recipe is handwritten, so sadly, I'm not able to give credit!
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup soft butter [recipe calls for margarine, but I use butter!]
  • 3 oz cream cheese softened, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon almond or lemon flavor
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Raspberry jam
  • confectioners sugar
  • crushed walnuts [optional]
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar.
  2. Add almond flavor.
  3. Mix together flour and salt. Slowly add to butter mixture until it comes together or, if using a stand mixer, forms a ball.
  4. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350.
  6. Remove dough from refrigerator. On parchmented cookie sheets, roll dough into balls the size of ping pong balls. Press thumb or forefinger into dough ball slightly to make a pocket for raspberry jam.
  7. Spoon enough raspberry jam into each pocket to fill.
  8. Bake thumbprints 10-15 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven. Allow to cool 5 minutes.
  10. While cookies are cooling, mix confectioners sugar with enough water to be viscous, but still drizzle-able. Drizzle icing over cookies. Top with crushed walnuts if desired.

 

Make sure you check out all of the other cookies from the other #SundaySupper Ultimate Cookie Exchange participants. After reading this list, something tells me Santa is going to have a good Christmas Eve this year and I'm going to need to buy a gallon of milk!

Be sure to check out Cookielicious by Food Editor Janet K. Keeler from The Tampa Bay Times now while there is a special… Buy One Cookielicious Cookbook and get one for a friend!

Do you have a favorite cookie to take to a Cookie Exchange? Please join us on Twitter throughout the day for #SundaySupper. In the evening we will meet at 7pm EST for our #SundaySupper Ultimate Cookie Exchange live chat.  All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat (I'm learning so much from this group already!).  We’d also love to feature your recipes for The Ultimate Cookie Exchange on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board, and share them with all of our followers!