Iced Almond Thumbprint Cookies for Springtime | Kid Friendly Things To Do

Iced Almond Thumbprint Cookies for Springtime | Kid Friendly Things To Do

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These colorful Cookies for Springtime are soft, buttery and delicious. They are easy to make and fun to decorate with the kids. Perfect for your Easter celebration.

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Almond Thumbprint Cookies for Springtime

iced almond thumbprint cookies for spring

I usually make these cookies at Christmastime. They are so easy to make, that I don’t mind rolling out a few batches.

thumbprint cookies for spring

While they are beautiful in red and green, I love them so much better in pastel colors.

If you are looking for springtime cookie ideas, try some of my other fun recipes – like:

colorful pastel cookies for spring

Do you put icing on cookies before or after baking?

  • You should put icing on cookies after baking and cookies have completely cooled

How do I keep my Thumbprint Cookies from spreading?

  • Chill the dough. Warm batter will spread more
  • Don’t over beat the sugar and butter step. Just mix until well blended
  • Use parchment paper or silicone sheets in place of greasing the pan

springtime iced thumbprint cookies

Iced Almond Thumbprint Cookies for Springtime Recipe Ingredients:

Ready to bake? Make sure you have all of the ingredients handy…

    • margarine melted – melted butter leads to chewier cookies
    • sugar
    • vanilla extract – or almond extract – I used to only use vanilla, but now I prefer the taste of almond in these cookies. They are almond thumbprint cookies, after all
    • salt – this sharpens the buttery flavor
    • flour – all purpose
    • optional – finely chopped nuts (almonds) – I love the nutty flavor that the almonds lend to the cookie, but the kids don’t like the texture. This is completely optional

    Filling

    • powdered sugar – this thickens and sweets your icing
    • almond extract – the best flavor for this icing
    •  water – be sparing. Add less water at first and more to thin the batter, if necessary
    • Gel food coloring – this is just to not oversaturate the icing with more liquid. If you only have liquid, then just use less water to thin the icing

 

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Iced Almond Thumbprint Cookies for Springtime | Kid Friendly Things To Do

thumbprint cookies for spring

Delicious springtime cookies

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes + refrigeration
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 48 minute
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup of margarine melted
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • optional – 1 cup of finely chopped nuts (almonds)

Filling

for each color

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 23 Tbsp. of water
  • Gel food coloring – I used neon colors
  • *you can use liquid food coloring, but you’ll want to use less water so your icing isn’t too runny

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl Cream margarine and sugar together
  3. Add vanilla (or almond extract) and stir in
  4. In a small bowl mix the salt, flour, and nuts
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix together
  6. Cover and place into the refrigerator for at least 30 minute or overnight
  7. Roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter
  8. Push the center down with your thumb
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes
  10. While that is baking – stir the ingredients for the icing together adding the water 1 tsp. at a time, and stopping when the icing is a nice smooth consistency but not too runny
  11. If it gets too runny…just add a little more powdered sugar
  12. After the cookies are done and cooled – add a spoonful of icing to each center

Notes

*It is important that you chill the dough before baking to avoid too much spreading

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