Leaving Your Mark (Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies)

Every year my family and I pool our resources to find the perfect Christmas gifts for each other. During the last few Christmases this has resulted in some truly fantastic variety under the tree; everything from concert tickets to fantasy novels to knives to jewelry made from old bullet casings. However, there is one item on the Christmas list that never changes. Every year, without fail, my dad asks for a box of homemade raspberry thumbprint cookies. This recipe came from an old school friend of mine, a family recipe scribbled onto a scrap piece of paper back in middle school. The paper is now wrinkled and stained, the ink smudged in places. You can always tell which recipes are the good ones by how dirty the years have made them. Here it is, the secret to the best raspberry thumbprint cookies I’ve ever made.


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • Raspberry jam (Homemade is the best. Keep an eye out for friends who enjoy caning delicious jams and jellies and make sure to ask for a couple extra jars around the holidays or whenever you have a hankering for some fabulous baked goods.)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract (for the icing)
  • 2-3 teaspoons water


Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream butter, sugar, almond extract and flour until smooth (until the dough begins to stick together). Refrigerate dough for one hour. Roll dough into roughly 1-inch diameter balls. Use your finger (or another round utensils) to place a small hole in the center of each cookie and fill it with raspberry jam. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes or until just barely beginning to brown. 

Allow cookies to cool completely before icing them. To make the icing, mix powdered sugar, almond extract and water together in a small bowl. Drizzle over cookies and serve with a steaming cup of tea for the full experience. 


POTD: Rainy Day Baking

Are you bored, stuck inside and wondering what you can possibly do with your rainy afternoon? I have three words for you; chocolate chip cookies! You can never go wrong with the package directions on the back of your bag of Nestle Toll House semi-sweet morsels. You can blast your favorite baking music (baking should never be done in silence even when it’s a solo activity) and fill up on as much cookie dough as you like. One small bonus to having no roommates is that there’s no argument about who gets to lick the beaters. This picture is the product of one quiet and wet Sunday afternoon and the fluffiest batch of chocolate chip cookies I’ve made in years!

Nothing makes a home feel cozier than the smell of cookies fresh out of the oven. You can curl up on your sofa in a fuzzy blanket and watch the rain spatter the pavement with a plate of cookies and a glass of milk in hand. You could even pull out all the stops and make it into a girl’s day with a Netflix marathon and your preferred shade of nail polish. What is your perfect rainy day?