Grain-Free Thumbprint Cookies

These thumbprint cookies are ridiculously easy to make. Seriously…they might be the simplest cookies ever, and they’re also really delicious. I adapted them from the Jammin’ Sugar Cookie Thumbprints recipe in my dear friend Abby Dodge’s cookbook—Desserts 4 Today—so that they’re gluten-free (in fact they’re free of all grains). This means they’re perfect for nibbling on this week if you keep kosher for Passover; they’ll be lovely on your Easter table, too, if you’re looking for an alternative to wheat-filled cookies.

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Thumbprint cookies are great because you can fill them with SO many things. Take this opportunity to show off (and maybe use up, if necessary) your favorite jams, marmalades, fruit curds, and nut butters.

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I filled the cookies you see here with homemade chocolate raspberry jam, tangerine vanilla marmalade (so lovely: the recipe is found in here), Meyer lemon curd, and peach rose petal jam (I promise to share this recipe this summer…it’s amazing). I also made a few with almond butter.

Have fun with these cookies, and have a very happy Passover or Easter if you’re observing one of these holidays this week :)

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Note that I tested this recipe with 3/4 cup almond flour and it didn't work: the cookies flattened out completely in the oven. So please do use the small amount of coconut flour as it helps these maintain their structure. Both almond flour and coconut flour are available at natural food stores or online (I use Bob's Red Mill brand).
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 10 cookies


  • 1/4 cup sugar preferably unrefined (I used Wholesome Sweeteners fair-trade, organic sugar)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature (I used Organic Valley cultured butter)
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut flour
  • Your favorite jam s of other fillings or your choice


  • 1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with (unbleached) parchment paper or a silicone baking liner.
  • 2. In an electric mixer on low speed, beat the sugar with the butter until smooth (about 1 minute). Add the flours. Beat on medium-low speed until the dough comes together. If it doesn't come together in the mixer after a minute or two, turn the mixer off and use your hands to form a cohesive dough.
  • 3. Pinch off small pieces of dough (about the size of a teaspoon) and use your hands to roll them into small balls (you should have 10 balls of approximately the same size when you are done rolling them). Arrange cookies on the prepared cookie sheet 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart. Using your thumb, press down into the middle of each ball to make a well. (You want the indentation to be deep enough to hold the filling, but you don't want to press all the way through the dough.) If the edges of the cookies crack as you press the centers down, gently pinch/press them back together.
  • 4. Bake until the tops of the cookies look dry, and they're beginning to brown, 16-18 minutes. Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely (while they are cooling and still a bit soft, you can press the indentations down a bit more, if necessary). Serve immediately, or cover and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. Just before serving, fill each cookie's indentation with the filling(s) of your choice.

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23 thoughts on “Grain-Free Thumbprint Cookies”

  1. Made a batch this morning and once again I am reminded that I lovelovelove these little cookies. Bit of advice, though: double or triple the recipe! They are so easy to make, they keep really well, and they disappear like lightning.

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  4. Hooray! My daughter was just asking for thumbprint cookies the other night. They’re on the lunchbox treat menu now. Thanks, Winnie!

  5. Wow! Grain-free cookies? I’m curious what it tastes like. By the looks of it, it’s so delicious! I will try this with my kids. Thanks for sharing! :-D

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  8. Just stumbled upon your site. I love the recipes, photographs, ingredients and message. Will be coming back regularly! Also, these cookies look amazing. Great idea.

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  10. I have so many jams that need to be used… I think this would be a great way to get rid of some of those half empty containers in the fridge.

  11. These look wonderful! I’ve been experimenting more and more with grainless baking and loving the results. I just embarked on a 21 day sugar detox so I’ll put these on my list for next month. I have some yummy preserves I put up last summer that would be perfect in here!

  12. Not only are these cookies beautiful looking they look delicious too! I also love that they are good for using up little jars of open jam. I have TONS sitting in my fridge as I type!

  13. I just jumped over from All Gluten-Free Desserts All the Time. What adorable little cookies! My grandmother used to make thumbprint cookies. So glad to have a gluten-free version! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Made two quick batches of these yesterday. My 10-year-old has declared them “the most amazing cookies ever!” (He also recommends filling them with Nutella ;-) ) These are definitely going in the regular rotation.

  15. These cookies look so yuummy!!! And to think that they are easy to make, thank you so much for posting this recipe! I love the idea of putting your favorite jam at the top of the cookie, I bet it even made the cookie to become yummier!!! Hmmm, can’t wait for me to try this!

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  17. I love Abby’s Desserts 4 Today! That you’ve adapted her thumbprint recipe to be grain-free is great and these look delicious. Thumbprints are such a cute cookie and are irresistible. Too hard not to eat just one :)

  18. These sound lovely Winnie, and the picture with all the jars is beautiful!
    The peach rose petal jam sounds delicious! I can’t wait for that recipe!

  19. I love that picture of the partially used jam jars, Winnie! So pretty. And a familiar sight :) You’re right that this is a great recipe for using up the ends of open preserve jars.

  20. Not only are these absolutely adorable, but they are made with almond and coconut flours, two ingredients I’ve wanted to experiment with more.