Emeril's Raspberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

Total Time
Prep 35 mins
Cook 20 mins

These are easy to make and taste delicious. I liken them to a shortbread cookie. If you chill the dough for just a bit in the frig, it's much easier to handle.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly butter 2 large baking sheets.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the jam and Chambord.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk to blend.
  6. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy.
  7. Beat in the egg yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla.
  8. Add the flour mixture in 2 additions and beat just until moist clumps form.
  9. Gather the dough together into a ball.
  10. Pinch off the dough to form 1-inch balls.
  11. Place on the prepared baking sheets, spacing 1-inch apart.
  12. Use your floured index finger or 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon to create depressions in the center of each ball.
  13. Fill each indentation with nearly 1/2 teaspoon of the jam mixture.
  14. Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes (start watching the cookies at about 12 minutes though esp. since each oven is different).
  15. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Most Helpful

Thank you for posting your recipe. I lost my mothers recipe over the years. I am excited to make them. They sound wonderful. happy holidays.

Lisa B. December 05, 2013

I make these every Christmas and my family and co-workers love them!

@Marianneee - You don't have to omit the alcohol! Just buy an airplane bottle of Chambord--that's what I do, and it's enough for three batches of cookies.

summerg514 December 23, 2011

These are addicting! I omitted the alcohol because I didn't want to buy a bottle for 1 TB. These cookies were so amazing I might try the alcohol after all just in case they are even better.

Marianneee December 14, 2011

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