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Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are NOT just for the holidays!  In fact, they are perfect for summer when the berries are harvested.  By preserving summer berries, we are able to enjoy them year round.  These thumbprint cookies are so easy, using a handful of ingredients and buttery delicious.  Use any flavor jam, but the homemade sweet U-Pick Raspberry Preserves are the perfect topping!

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies Homemade Preserves

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • ½ cup raspberry preserves (or any flavor jam)


Using and electric mixer, cream the softened butter and sugar on high.  Add the almond extract.  Lower the mixer speed and gradually add the flour.  Refrigerate the dough for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 350°.  Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.  Make an indentation using your thumb in the center of each ball.  (I make two thumbprints at 90 degree angles, to make a better circle)  Fill each center with about 1/4 teaspoon of preserves or your favorite jam.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.  Remove to a cookie rack.

Sweet Stackers Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies,

Sweet Stackers – No matter what time of year, Sweet Stackers come in handy to store jam or jelly filled cookies.  Thumbprints are very popular holiday or Christmas cookie.  You don’t want to mess up the jam toppings or have them stick to other cookies!  Sweet Stackers convert your air-tight containers to multi-level using corrugated plastic stackable trays.  They are an inexpensive storage solution and can easily be wiped down and reused.  Visit sweetstackers.com to learn more about this product or shop on Amazon or my Etsy shop.

Look!  3 dozen cookies without a sticky mess in 1 container!

Sweet Stackers Cookie Storage Trays




U-Pick Raspberry Preserves

The weather was absolutely perfect this past weekend!  Cool, low humidity and the perfect time to pull out the big pot to do some canning.

PartyKitchen Homemade Raspberry Preserves

During the week, my kids and I went raspberry picking to a nearby farm.  Raspberries were just in season to start picking.  For a low volume day, we still ended up filling 5 pints.  My kids helped themselves to plenty of raspberries while picking.  So once we arrived back home, I picked through them and layered them on cookie sheets to freeze them for later use.

Freezing Raspberries

In the past, I had canned blueberry jam which lasted us all winter.  The kids especially loved adding a small dollop to plain yogurt (which I feel is way healthier than eating other yogurt that is filled with sugar).

Raspberry Preserves were so easy to make and only took 2 ingredients – raspberries and sugar!  Raspberries are considered to be a low pectin fruit, though I was able to get it to thicken enough.  Somewhere between a sauce and jam.  But boy, it is delicious!  I secretly was grabbing a spoon and pulling out a jar from my fridge…yes eating it by the spoonful!  But don’t tell…

Can’t wait to use it in future recipes (keep an eye out!), spread on toast, mixed in yogurt, topped on ice cream!  Oh my!

(or just eat by the spoonful…if you can’t resist)

U-Pick Raspberry Preserves

Raspberry Preserves

2 lbs. fresh raspberries

4 cups sugar


Combine the berries and sugar; let stand until the juices begin to flow about 10 minutes.  In a large saucepan, bring to a slow boil until sugar dissolves.  Stir frequently until the mixture thickens.  Remove from heat.  Ladle hot preserves into sterilized jars, leaving a 1/4 inch headspace.  Place the 2 piece cap on the jar.  Process for 15 minutes in a boiling water canner.





Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Love this recipe!  So easy, so yummy…and perfect for a play date.  I am pretty sure the kids liked it and I know the Mommies sure did!  Thank you Pioneer Woman for a great recipe.

This recipe intrigued me because the filling can changed to any fruity jam or preserves.  So depending on your mood or whatever jar of jam you have in your pantry, you most likely have all of the ingredients on hand.  Though…it sounds like the strawberry is the best if you need a comfort food.  They were hard to only eat one….perfectly sweet!

Using SweetStackers trays

Using SweetStackers trays

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

  • 1 3/4 sticks salted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 10 to 12-ounce jar strawberry preserves

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.

Add the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl.  Cut in the butter (using your hands, combine the butter into the dry ingredients) until it makes course crumbs.  Spread half of the mixture into the greased pan, pushing it evenly and tightly into the corners.  Add a layer of the jam over the oatmeal crumble, carefully spreading it with a knife.  Then layer the remaining oatmeal crumble over the top of the jam.

Bake for 30 – 40 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Now for the hard part.  Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

using SweetStackers

using SweetStackers