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Ruby gem thumbprint cookies

Libyan gem like cookies.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Libyan cuisine, Middle East
Servings: 60 cookies
Author: Amira


  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter , room temperature.
  • 1 egg , separate the white from the yolk.
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • 1/2 cup oil.
  • 3 Tablespoons confectioners sugar.
  • 6- 6.5 cups flour.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 4 Tablespoon water.
  • 1 cup blanched almonds.

For filling and garnishing:

  • Nutella , honey, jam.
  • Cherries.


  • In your mixer bowl, add butter, egg yolk, cinnamon, oil and sugar, mix well.
  • Add water, baking powder and mix again.
  • Start adding flour until you get a uniform consistent dough.
  • Cover the dough and chill over night.
  • Pre heat your oven to 375F.*
  • Take part of the dough out keeping the rest in the fridge. With the small ice cream scoop, form a small ball then with your thumb make a dent in the center.
  • Brush the cookies with egg white and roll into blanched almonds.**
  • Bake for 13-15 until golden brown from the bottom.
  • Let the cookies stand for 5 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.
  • When the cookies have completely cooled, fill each with jam or Nutella and top with half a cherry.
  • Serve with coffee or your favorite drink.
  • Enjoy!!


* Make sure your oven gets to the desired temperature I pre heated mine for a good hour before I started baking.
** I found it useful to flash freeze the cookies for like 5-10 minutes while I am working in other batch. This helped greatly to reduce spreading.
*** These cookies as stated before are so buttery and not sweet at all, that is where the jam comes into play.