03 November 2015


When I was a little girl, my mom would always make thumbprint cookies at Christmas time and we would put green or red icing in the thumbprint indents. The buttery shortbread type cookie is a huge hit and fun to pop the whole thing right in your mouth. Wanting to come up with an all-year version, I created these almond thumbprint cookies and they are another one of my sweepstakes winning baked goods. They melt in your mouth. 

 I do make these at Christmas time as well for holiday gift platters. They are sweet, buttery, light and the butterscotch frosting complements the almond flavor so well.

What you'll need


2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup grated unblanched almonds
2 teaspoons vanilla

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup half and half or whipping cream
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract  
Optional: Chopped pistachio nuts for garnish

For Cookies:
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, sugar and salt into bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Blend in almonds and vanilla. Work mixture with fingers until a ball of dough is formed. Then shape into 1-inch balls. 

Place balls on greased cookie sheets; make a depression in center of each cookie. I use the end of a wooden spoon. Bake about 8 minutes; remove from oven. Dent again and bake about 8 minutes longer; cool. 
For Frosting: Blend butter, half-and-half or cream and brown sugar in saucepan. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Cool about 15 minutes, then stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth and thick. 
Fill depressions in cookies with butterscotch frosting and sprinkle frosting with nuts.

Relax and Enjoy!!
"Our Fingerprints don't fade from the lives we touch."
~Judy Blume


  1. These look absolutely delectable!!! I'd probably eat all the cookies before I had time to put the frosting on LOL! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. Andrea, for shame!!!! FOR SHAME!!!! Butterscotch frosting??? Are you freaking kidding me???? I cant have you posting recipes of cookies anymore. You are banned. I am with Biana...though would eat all the frosting before I had time to put it on the cookies.

  3. Anonymous3.11.15

    I bet those last about 2.2 seconds once completed...they look so good!!!

  4. i have never had these before, but they look awesome! and super yummy :)

  5. Oh my goodness, those look amazing! I haven't made thumbprint cookies in a while, now I need some!

  6. These look amazing!!! After I workout, I'll be over for one haha. Thank you for sharing Andrea and I hope that you have a lovely day!! :-)

  7. This looks so delicious, Andrea! I just had a butterscotch dessert in Pittsburgh over the weekend -- love the butterscotch and almond combination. I need to make these!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  8. I love making thumbprint cookies! I am a HUGE butterscotch fan but honestly have never tried it outside of the candy, so I'm really excited to try these! I hope your Tuesday has been a lovely one so far my beautiful friend! XO -Kim

  9. I just printed this out, and am going to try them this weekend! Thanks for sharing! :)


  10. Yum! I can't eat wheat anymore, but thumbprint cookies used to be my favorite, too! I may have to make these for the boys!

  11. I love these kind of cookies and the butterscotch sounds incredible! I might have to attempt these except my baking skills are lacking haha!


  12. These look amazing Andrea! Cookies with frosting is the best of both worlds! Yum!

  13. These are making my mouth water!! I'm not a big fan of actual almonds, but I love almond flavoring. These might make me branch out!
    Darling, Dearest

  14. I love making thumbprint cookies. Always put jam in the middle. This is different and I love how they look. So glad you posted this yummy on our Cookie Swap today. Going on the cookie tray this year.

  15. another great recipe. Your family and friends must love all of the cooking, baking and drink making you do!! YUM!

  16. These look so delicious! I love thumbprint cookies, there are just so many different things you can do with them! Loving the flavours here! Thanks for sharing with the #WednesdayShowcaseparty!

  17. My oh my these look and sound tasty! I'm definitely adding these to my Christmas cookie list! :)

  18. You always come up with the best flavor combinations! These cookies sound soooo good. Thanks for linking them up with the Wednesday Showcase!

  19. Oh my word these cookies sound amazing!!!

  20. Andrea, your little almond thumbprint cookies looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing at the Creative Muster Party. I'm hoping to send some love to this post on my My Sweet Mission's Facebook Page.


    1. And shared on Pinterest too! xo

  21. With butterscotch frosting? Oh, my stars! Count me in!

  22. Oh yum, and I have never heard or tasted butterscotch icing, yum!
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

  23. These look great! I've never seen cookies like with almond and butterscotch, but they sound delicious! I'm a huge fan of peanut butter thumbprint cookies, so these look like a great step up!

    Thanks so much for joining the Alder Collective Link-Up! Pinning this and we hope to see you again next week!

  24. Hello Sweet Friend, You always have the best projects!!!Your cookies look sooo good!! Thank you for sharing with us at the Friday Favorites Link Party, where every link is pinned and tweeted! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! Hugs - Christine at Must Love Home

  25. Ooo, I love these, but I've always had them filled with jam. Butterscotch frosting? Double yum!

  26. These look so good. The combination of flavors sounds delicious. Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  27. These are beautiful cookies. My daughter would love them for one of her tea parties! And of course for Christmas cookies :) Thanks for sharing with us at the Wednesday Showcase Party!

  28. Hi! Thanks for linking up to last week's Tasty Tuesday linky! I have pinned your recipe to the Creative K's Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board. I hope you'll join us again tomorrow!

  29. These look so good - and are very inspiring! I imagine the butterscotch flavor goes so well in the Thumbprint cookies! Thanks for bringing these by to Throwback Thursday!

  30. This looks fantastic - I like that list of ingredients very unique. Will have to try this one.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  31. These thumbprint cookies really do sound delicious with the butterscotch.

    Diane Roark

  32. These cookies look so pretty and sound absolutely delicious!

  33. i love Thumb print Cookies. i take on tea time. its really yummy. and ur blog vry nice & it is looks great. :)


  34. I secretly LOVE thumbprint cookies! So glad you shared it at our celebrate365 cookie exchange!


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