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Raspberry Shortbread Cookies

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Buttery shortbread cookies filled with raspberry jam and topped with an almond glaze make one delicious and pretty cookie for your holiday cookie trays.
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It’s been a long time since I made or eaten a jam-filled cookie and since this is Christmas Cookies Week it seems fitting to make these delicious raspberry shortbread cookie. All this week, over 20 bloggers will be sharing our best cookies for the holiday season.  You can follow the hashtag, #ChristmasCookies on social media to see what we’re sharing. 
We are also very fortunate that two amazing sponsors sent us goodies to use in our recipes and at the end of this post and see all of today’s recipes that are linked.  So many yummy cookies to be made and shared.
Back to these raspberry shortbread cookies, a tray of the sweet treats would be perfect to take to your holiday parties or cookie swaps.  In our house, they’re gone before I can even think of taking them anywhere.  I typically have to place a note on anything that is going somewhere other than my family’s bellies!  It’s true!
raspberry shortbread cookies on cooling rack
This recipe is super easy to follow and if you prefer to use another flavor of jam, do so!  I love how the glaze on the cookies make them even more festive and elegant.  

Tips to Make Raspberry Shortbread Cookies:

Be sure your butter is softened at room temperature, this will help it blend well into the dry ingredients. If you don’t have almond extract, you can use vanilla extract instead.  The almond, I think, gives the cookies just a bit more of a “wow” factor.
Don’t skip the chilling of the dough for about an hour. The dough will be much easier to handle when you are rolling your dough balls.
cookie dough balls for raspberry shortbread cookies
To make the indentation, in the dough ball, you can use your thumb or the back of a 1/2 teaspoon. 
thumbprint indentation for raspberry shortbread cookies
When filling the indentations with jam, I used a heaping 1/4 teaspoon. You don’t want too much jam or it will spill out while baking.  
raspberry shortbread cookies ready to bake
When you are making the glaze, you want it thin enough to drizzle, but thick enough to stay on the cookie.
stack of Raspberry Shortbread Cookies
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Delicious raspberry shortbread cookies


Raspberry Shortbread Cookies

Raspberry Shortbread Cookies

Buttery shortbread filled with raspberry jam and topped with an almond glaze make one delicious and pretty cookie for your holiday cookie trays.
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For the cookies:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (or vanilla)
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 cups flour

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (or vanilla)
  • 2-3 tsp milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in extract; gradually add flour until dough forms a ball. 
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on prepared baking sheets. Using your thumb or the back of a 1/2 teaspoon to make an indentation in the center. Fill with jam, about 1/4 heaping teaspoon.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 14-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • While the cookies are cooling, combine powdered sugar, almond extract and enough milk to achieve drizzling consistency; drizzle over cookies.

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Tried this recipe?I hope you enjoy all the recipes I share with you, including this one! I hope you try it, enjoy it, comment and rate it, and share it with your friends and family!

Thank you to Ellen of Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting #ChristmasCookies Week! And a huge thank you to our sponsors Adams Extract and Millican Pecan for supporting the bloggers and events like Christmas Cookies Week.

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  1. You make this look so easy- they are all perfectly shaped! I have always loved raspberry filled cookies- these will be perfect as the little jewels of the cookie tray I’d bet!

  2. Shortbread is my favorite kind of cookies- so buttery and delish. My husband would agree as he loves the raspberry filled ones that this would be perfect for us.