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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Raspberry Fingers

This is the recipe for the cookies that were pictured on my blog this past Friday. In the photo above, I used leftover scraps of sugar cookie dough. However, I think the recipe that I'm posting today is a better base for the cookie. It's crisper and holds up to the jam better, IMO.

I love jam thumbprint cookies, but I dislike the extra work of rolling individual balls, and putting jam into multiple thumbprints. This method for "fingers" is simpler. And I believe, "jammier". I hope you enjoy them!

You bake the cookies in two segments, one without the filling, and the other after adding the filling. (The filling is simply jam, by the way.)

1 cup of butter, softened
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2  1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 tablespoons water, as needed

raspberry jam (other flavors of jam also work well, such as plum or blackberry), about 4-6 ounces

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.

Stir the flour and salt together. Add to the creamed butter/sugar/egg/vanilla, 1/3 of the flour at a time, mixing well between additions. Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed, until the dough is workable, but not too soft. Roll the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap and chill 20 to 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into quarters. Roll each quarter into a long rope that is the length of your baking sheet. Lightly butter a baking sheet, or use a non-stick baking sheet. Lay 2 ropes onto a baking sheet, and press a trough down the center of each rope.

Bake at 375 degrees F, for 10 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven, and fill the dough troughs with jam. Return to oven and bake for 9 to 12 minutes longer, or until light golden brown.

Cool on the baking sheet, set on a wire rack. Cut on the diagonal, while on the baking sheet, then remove to a rack.

Makes about 3 dozen.

If you want to make them look fancy, make a thin white icing and drizzle over the tops of the cooled cookies, like this (they'll be finger-shaped, however):

Or, sprinkle with powdered sugar, for this look (again, as above, they'll be finger-shaped and not rounds):


  1. Happy Valentine's Day everyone,

    We had cookies last week and last night hubby brought home a decadent chocolate cake. We had a slice already since he has to work until 10 pm tonight. The rest I double wrapped and put into the freezer for another day. With him working, I won't be making a special meal. Instead I'll go visit my parents and when I get home later, I'll find a quick sandwich.


    1. Happy Valentine's Day, Alice!
      That cake sounds delicious. Enjoy your evening with your parents.

  2. Happy Valentine's Day! I hope everyone's day is special! The cookies look wonderful.
    We will have a regular dinner stuffed bell peppers and
    something sweet.

    1. Happy Valentine's Day, Patti!
      Your dinner sounds yummy. Have a lovely day!

  3. I missed the engagement announcement the other day. Congrats to your son and his fiance. Is this going to a short or long engagement? Or do they know?

    1. Hi live and learn,
      I'll pass on the congratulations! Long vs short engagement is all relative, isn't it?! I would say probably on the short side, at least compared to my nephew who is getting married in fall of 2017, and who got engaged about a year ago. My son and his fiancee haven't set a date, yet, so I don't know for sure. But I doubt they will wait a year or two, like some couples do. I really don't know. The mother of the groom is probably the last one to find out. Oh wait, that role falls to the father of the groom.

      Have a great day, live and learn! Happy Valentine's Day!

  4. I love jam thumbprint cookies too. Reminds me of a danish pastry.

    Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones.


    1. Hi YHF,
      I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!
      Yum, I love Danish pastries, but only the really good ones that don't have a lot of icing on them.
      Have a great day!


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