I’m starting off my holiday cookie baking this year with these festive Pistachio and Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies. They’re soft, buttery, crunchy, tart, sweet, and just all around delicious. These would be the perfect cookie to make for a cookie exchange this holiday season!
I have to admit, I only thought of this flavor combo for these Pistachio and Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies because of the colors. They’re just perfect for Christmas! And I don’t typically use food coloring so I depended on the natural colors in these ingredients. The muted green of the pistachio and the vibrant red of the raspberry preserves just look so pretty together.
Now, I don’t create fruity bakes too often so I didn’t have high expectations when going into baking these thumbprint cookies. At this point you’re probably wondering why the heck I’m underselling these cookies. It’s because I was blown away by how delicious they turned out! I truly could not stop eating them and neither could my coworkers. I received so many compliments on how tasty they were. I mean people would come up to me just to tell me how bummed they were that they were all gone. Yep, THAT good.
Baking these festive thumbprint cookies
Getting that signature raspberry thumbprint is easy peasy. The base of the cookie is a little bit softer than a shortbread cookie as it needs to be moldable in order to create that divet. It doesn’t crumble and is soft and buttery.
In order to get the pistachios to stick, I brushed my cookie dough balls in an egg white wash and then rolled them the chopped pistachios. Using an egg white allows the nuts to stick without giving the cookie any additional color.
To make them uniform, I like to use the back of a round teaspoon. This creates a perfect indent on each cookie where using you thumb might leave uneven imprints for the raspberry preserves to sit. Then, using that same measuring spoon, scoop about 1 teaspoon of jam into each cookie.
I like to press the indent into the cookies as I roll them out. Leaving this step to the end might leave cracks on the edges of the cookies. The cookie will also spread just a little bit as they bake which is why you should lightly push the raspberry preserves up against the walls of the imprint. This will prevent any gaps between the cookie and raspberry filling as the cookie spreads.
Drizzle them with some easy powdered sugar icing and there you have it! Delicious Pistachio and Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies that are sure to impress.
How long do these cookies last?
Uhhh not very long because I will eat all of them. LOL JK wow that was lame. But in all seriousness, they will keep for up to 5 days in an air tight container left at room temperature. After the 5 day mark, the raspberry jam will have seeped into the cookie, making it slightly soggy. They will still taste delicious but the texture won’t be as appealing.
To keep them longer, you can place them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. The raspberry jam will still sink into the cookie but not nearly as fast as they would at room temperature. Luckily they’re so good that they’ll probably be devoured the first day you make them!
Can I omit the pistachios or substitute a different filling?
Absolutely! If raspberry isn’t your favorite, you can go with any other flavor. You can use either jam or preserves. I used preserves here because I love the texture but if you want something smoother, go with jam. My favorite brand is Bonne Maman and they have a variety of flavors to choose from. They can also be found in most grocery stores.
As for the pistachios, you can either leave them out completely or replace them with a different nut. You could use chopped pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, or any other nut you like! I would just make sure they pair well with the flavor of jam you choose.
If you’re looking for more holiday cookie recipes, why not try:
- Best Cut Out Sugar Cookies for Decorating
- Simple Spice Cookies
- BEST Soft Gingerbread Cookies
- Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies (Chocolate Hazelnut Blossoms)
- Easy Soft Molasses Cookies
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