Iced Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Sometimes you just want to make a simple, delicious cookie.  These iced almond thumbprint cookies are just that, and they just melt in your mouth!

You’ll find instructions on how to make them ombre type cookies by different levels of food coloring as well, which can make for a fun presentation!  In this, red was used, but you could change up the color to be whatever you’re in the mood for or to correspond with a holiday or party theme.

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Iced Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Cookie Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 large egg (room temperature)

1 cup room temperature margarine (can use butter)

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

¾ cup granulated sugar

1 ½ tsp almond extract

Icing Ingredients:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 Tbsp milk (or you can use water)

1 ½ tsp almond extract

red food coloring (optional) 

Iced Almond Thumbprint Cookies - Thumbprints

To Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine butter, granulated sugar, and eggs. Mix until light in texture and add almond extract.
  2. In a small bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt. Next , add ½ a cup at a time to the wet mixture. Mix until well incorporated.
  3. Roll your dough into small balls and place on a greased or nonstick baking sheet.  In the center of each cookie, use your finger to push down a bit to make a small well (thus the name thumbprint cookie).
  4. Bake for 8-9 minutes. They will be still be soft, but go ahead and place them on a cooling rack. Once cookies have cooled for around 5 minutes, begin to mix up the icing.
  5. The icing will harden quickly, so don’t make ahead. Combine powdered sugar, milk and almond extract in a small bowl and mix well.  If you want to get a little fancy and have an ombre look, pour into three separate bowls. In one of the bowls of icing, you could place one drop of red food coloring and two drops in another bowl. Leave the third icing white.
  6. Put a little dollop of icing on the fingerprint spot on each cookie, and let the icing harden a bit before serving.

Iced Almond Thumbprint Cookies Ombre Icing

These delicious cookies would be perfect for birthdays, baby showers, wedding showers, holiday cookie exchanges, teacher gifts, for tea time, or just for a tasty snack any time.  Give them a try and let me know what you think.

About Jenn L

Jenn lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and 5 children. The family likes to eat healthy and try new recipes. Jenn homeschools all of the kids. She is heavily involved with local bloggers and is slightly addicted to social media.