Cookies are Life
I'm still dreaming of things that are Soft and Pillowy. Dreams do come true my friends because I have a cookie recipe that literally fits this description. These classic buttery cookies are the perfect solution to a cold winters day. Get the fireplace going and keep your fuzzy house slippers on because you need to sit back, relax and enjoy this yummy delight!
Cherry Cream Cheese Almond Thumbprint Cookies
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
6 ounces block full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temp.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, brought to room temperature
zest from small lemon
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
10 tbsp. Cherry preserves
3/4 cup sliced almonds
2-3 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar, for lightly dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the granulated sugar and beat on medium-high speed about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg, lemon zest, vanilla and almond extract and beat on high speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides as needed.
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and beat on low until just combined. Cover and chill the dough for minimum of 1 hour in the refrigerator.
Remove dough from the refrigerator and scoop out about 1 tbsp. of dough each into ball. Tablespoon of dough each. Roll each ball into the sliced almonds. Place on the baking sheets about 1/2 inches apart. Using your thumb or rounded bottom of wooden spoon, make a small well or indent into the center of each dough ball. Spoon roughly 1/2 tsp. of the Cherry preserves into each indent.
Bake for approx. 15 mins. or until lightly browned on the sides. Remove from oven and allow to cool before dusting tops with the confectioners' sugar.