California Thumbprint Cookies

These almond thumbprint cookies by Meg of This Mess is Ours are a sweet twist on a classic favorite. Prune Butter is the secret ingredient!


  • California prunes: 1/2 pound California prunes
  • water: 3/4 cup water
  • coarse kosher salt: 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • vanilla paste: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste (or extract, for prune butter)
  • brown sugar: 1 tablespoon brown sugar (plus up to 2 Tbsp. more, depending on desired sweetness level)
  • creamy almond butter: 1 cup creamy almond butter (any separated oil stirred in well before measuring)
  • white sugar: 1 cup white sugar
  • egg: 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • vanilla paste: 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (or extract, for cookies)

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