Jam Thumbprint Cookies {grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly}

Jam Thumbprint Cookies {grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly}


Jam thumbprint cookies are a delightful tradition around the holidays. Fun to make with kids, these bite-sized treats pack a lot of flavor.

This gluten-free version makes the cookies accessible to more people. I know I was sad to miss out on jam thumbprint cookies the first year I learned about my own gluten sensitivity.

I think this gluten-free jam thumbprint cookie version actually tastes better than the traditional flour-based version! Plus, the almond flour and coconut oil give these cookies a nutritional boost. So they are actually nourishing and not simply a sweet treat! Not only are they gluten-free, but they’re also grain-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly!

Gluten-Free Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

It’s easy to make these gluten-free jam thumbprint cookies in a variety of flavors by using different jams for the filling. Not only does this provide a ton of flavor options, but it also looks beautiful when displayed on a serving platter or given as a gift.

Raspberry is my personal favorite, but peach, grape, or strawberry jam are lovely as well. Apple butter makes an excellent filling too. Can you imagine how gorgeous all these different colors would look on a platter together?

Wildly Organic Almond Flour and Coconut Flour make the base for these gluten-free thumbprint cookies, which also makes them grain-free! If you haven’t used these flours in baking before, they make a great substitution for those who have issues with gluten or grains.

Instead of butter, we’re using Wildly Organic Centrifuge Extracted Coconut Oil. If you’d like to make these cookies vegan, you can easily replace the egg with a flax or chia egg!

Tips and Tricks for Making Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies

The recipe below for gluten-free thumbprint cookies recommends 1/2 teaspoon of jam per cookie, but you may find 3/4 teaspoon works better. It really depends on how deep an imprint your thumb makes. After some experimentation, I have found that 1 teaspoon of jam is usually too much and bubbles over. So, I wouldn’t go above 3/4 teaspoon jam when making thumbprint cookies.

It’s important to be aware of the time when making these gluten-free thumbprint cookies; the bottom of the cookies can brown very quickly if they are baked too long. I’ve found that 8-10 minutes is all they need.

Because of the nature of the ingredients, the cookies will be very soft when removed from the oven. Let them cool for 3-5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. This will prevent them from falling apart.

I tend to leave the cookies as is and find they have plenty of flavor, but if you want to take them up a notch, drizzle some melted chocolate over the top and/or add pecan pieces to the dough.

Looking for more healthy cookie recipes?

Just because you’re looking for a sweet treat doesn’t mean it can’t be packed with real food ingredients. Try out these other cookie recipes that contain no refined sugars!

What type of jam will you use in these Gluten-Free Jam Thumbprint Cookies?

Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies
Gluten-free Jam Thumbprint Cookies are the perfect sweet treat for the holidays. Not only are they gluten-free, but they're also grain-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly. Wildly Organic Almond Flour and Coconut Oil give these cookies a nutritional boost.
    Servings24 cookies
    Prep Time10 minutes
    Cook Time10 minutes
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    2. Place almond flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir together and set aside.
    3. In a medium bowl, soften the coconut oil, if solid, and add coconut syrup, egg, and vanilla extract. Whisk until well blended.
    4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
    5. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet (about 2 inches apart). Press thumb into the middle of each cookie to make an imprint.
    6. Fill each imprint with 1/2 teaspoon of jam.
    7. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
    8. Remove from oven and allow to cook on cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes.
    9. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
    Recipe Notes

    *If you'd like to make these cookies paleo, use a paleo-friendly jam, preferably homemade

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