Florida’s Finest Orange Marmalade Thumbprints with Fresh Rosemary Recipe

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These melt-in-your mouth shortbread cookies are my twist on the classic jam thumbprints that are a staple of Christmas cookie baking. Orange marmalade and fresh rosemary make them a Florida favorite! This recipe won 1st place in the Fort Myers News-Press Holiday Cookie Baking Contest in 2015. Photo from the Fort Myers News-Press.

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Servings: 24 Servings


Cost per serving $2.85 view details


  1. In a small bowl stir together flour, cornstarch, and salt; set aside.
  2. Beat butter until fluffy. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar, minced rosemary and almond extract. Beat until combined.
  3. Stir in flour until just combined.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for about an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  6. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  8. Dip into beaten egg white.
  9. Roll ball in chopped almonds.
  10. Indent each cookie with thumb or back of 1/2 inch measuring spoon.
  11. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon marmalade into center of each cookie.
  12. Arrange 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  13. Bake about 14-17 minutes or until edges are lightly golden.
  14. Cool on rack. When completely cool, sift powdered sugar lightly over cookies.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 23g
Recipe makes 24 servings
Calories 112  
Calories from Fat 58 52%
Total Fat 6.59g 8%
Saturated Fat 3.72g 15%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Potassium 22mg 1%
Total Carbs 12.52g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 1%
Sugars 5.76g 4%
Protein 1.08g 2%
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