Thumbprint cookies are a cute, homemade looking cookie that most people love. I was looking at a few different recipe until I decided on this one. As alway, I loved the addition of lemon zest and juice in the dough and the recipe seemed pretty easy to make. The dough is delicious, but was a little sticky, so I added an extra step in the recipe to chill the dough, making it a lot easier to work with. I also tried to change the recipe by adding the jam after baking the cookies, but learned the hard way not to do that. The indent in each cookie rose and I had to re-press the cookies part way though baking, then hastily add jam to the cookies.
If you don't have raspberry jam, use whatever else you have at home that you would like paired with a lemony flavor. You could also decorate these a little more by drizzling a lemon and powder sugar glaze over the finished product. I also think (though have not yet tried this) that a lemon curd filling would be delicious in these cookies. Even if you just want to use this dough for a plain cookie, they will be great. These cookies stay fresh for about 3 days if you store them in an airtight container. This recipe made too many cookies for me, so I froze some of them and took them out of the freezer for the following 2 weeks whenever my sweet tooth kicked in. They're a great snack to have with a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.
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