Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

Posted on December 4, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |


Shortbread Thumbprints

Tis the season for sweet smells of cinnamon spiced mince pies, scrumptious Christmas pudding and beautifully baked cookies to permeate the air delivering the aroma of Christmas.  Baking season has begun!  This is a special season for mums to teach their daughters to bake, for newly wed wives to start their own cooking traditions and for seasoned bakers to share their skillful products with family and friends.

A temptation at this time of year can be to internally focus only on our family gatherings, our home decorations, and our lavish dinner feasts.  God tells us in Titus 2 to invest in our family and home; but, He also tells us in Proverbs 31 to reach out to the needy.  How do we combine these two characteristics of a godly woman this Christmas season?  From the inside of our own kitchen, we can remember our sisters overseas by baking the same things they bake while praying for them.

The magnificent Romanian Marble Cake can remind us to pray for the orphans, the church and the nation of Romania.

Romanian Marble CakeOr, The Moroccan Chicken Tagine can make us think of the people in Morocco who have not yet heard the truth of God’s light.  The Classic Italian Platter and the Ministrone soup can remind you to pray for Italy.  Despite a long-standing religious tradition, most Italians today are apathetic about Christianity. They do not see how Christianity could possibly be pertinent to their lives, nor do they care to hear about it. Pray for renewal and revival in hearts.

People are also in need locally.  Maybe your neighbors or colleagues are in need of Salvation from the Saviour.  Reach out to these people by wrapping up the Christmas Shortbread with tea bags and an attached verse.  Reach out to people who seem to be lonely this time of year by sharing the puddings over a cup of tea and a heartfelt conversation. Step 3

Enjoy the Christmas season with family and friends, but don’t forget to look outward at the hurting and needy world Jesus came to save.   

Shortbread Thumbprints


  • 225g butter, softened
  • 125g caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 270g plain flour
  • 60g seedless strawberry or raspberry jam


  • Preheat the oven to 180 ºC.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and caster sugar until smooth.  Add ½ teaspoon almond extract and stir.  Mix in flour until dough forms.  If the dough is too sticky, add a small amount of extra flour until the dough comes together. Step 1
  • Roll dough into 3cm balls and place on ungreased baking tray.  Make a deep indention in the centre of each ball, using your thumb.  Fill the hole with the jam of your preference.

Step 2

  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.  Let cool for 1 minute on tray.
  • Melt 30g chocolate and drizzle over thumbprints.  Enjoy! Makes about 32 cookies.Shortbread Thumbprints

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