Fingerprint cookies are so underrated. They are easy to make, super tasty, and very addicting. It's also a great cookie to bake with your kids, considering the fun of the smoosking part of the process. I used this Strawberry champagne jam for the center, but any jam you have on hand will do. No kidding, I could eat a dozen on my own. So if you're like me and are a good fingerprint cookie, you might want to double the recipe. The cookies freeze very well too in case you want to save them for a later date (which I never do, as they are eaten too quickly).
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Here is what you will need:
For the cookie dough:
- ¾ cup butter, room temperature
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon of pure almond extract
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup of jam
For the icing:
- ¼ cup butter, room temperature
- 4 oz of cream cheese
- ½ cup icing sugar
Here is what you will do:
- Preheat the oven to 375 ° Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar and almond extract. Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy.
- Add the cornstarch and mix until well blended.
- Add the flour and mix until well blended.
- Scoop out about 1 tablespoon of the dough at a time and roll them into balls, placing them on the prepared baking dish. Gently press your thumb into each ball halfway.
- Pour ½ teaspoon of jam into each thumbprint.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
- For the frosting, combine the butter, cream cheese and icing sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
- When cookies have cooled completely, drizzle with frosting.
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