Use your favorite fruit jam to fill these delicious Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies. These cookies are easy to make, and you get a taste of sugar-free jam with every bite. This recipe can be made dairy-free, too.

A plate of thumbprint cookies with jam

Coconut sugar, ghee, and gluten-free flour come together to make a delicious gluten-free jam thumbprint cookie! You only need seven ingredients including your favorite jam to make these delightful cookies that pair perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee.

Recipe Highlights

  • These gluten-free thumbprint cookies taste delicious without dairy too! Simply substitute the ghee or butter with vegan butter.
  • Open a fresh jar of jam or use up those nearly-empty jam jars that have been taking up room in your refrigerator.
  • Make a batch now and freeze any extra cookies to enjoy later.
Ingredients for gluten free thumbprint cookies

Recipe Steps

Step One

Preheat your oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl beat together sugar and ghee (or vegan butter) until fluffy.

Step Two

Add the vanilla and egg yolks to the butter mixture and mix it in.

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Step Three

Add the salt and mix in the flour a half cup at a time until all of it’s incorporated.

Step Four

Roll the dough into tablespoon sized balls. Flatten each ball on the cookie sheet and indent with your thumb.

Step Five

Spoon jam into each indentation. Bake cookies until golden brown and then let them cool.

jam-filled thumbprint cookies on a baking sheet for oven

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FAQs

Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes, carefully place the cooled cookies in a plastic freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Alternatively, you can freeze the dough before it’s baked. After indenting them with your thumb put the sheet pan in the freezer. Once the cookies are frozen, put them in a Ziploc bag and freeze. Bake as directed.

Can I use regular flour if I don’t have gluten-free?

Yes you can. The cookies will not be gluten-free anymore but if you don’t need them to be gluten-free then regular flour will work too.

Is it okay to use jelly in place of jam?

Yes jelly works too! Just use your favorite jelly or jam and you’re all set.

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A plate of gluten-free cookies

Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies


Description

Use your favorite fruit jam to fill these delicious Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies. These cookies are easy to make, and you get a taste of sugar-free jam with every bite. This recipe can be made dairy-free, too.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup ghee (or two sticks butter or vegan butter), softened
  • 1 cup coconut sugar (you can also use white sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 2/3 cups gluten-free baking flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour)
  • 1 cup no-added sugar strawberry, raspberry, or apricot jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ghee or butter and the sugar. Use a mixer to beat together the ingredients until they are fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla and egg yolks and mix until combined.
  4. Add the salt and ½ cup of the flour to the mixture and mix until the flour is incorporated into the dough. Keep adding the flour in ½ cup increments until you have added all of the flour and it is mixed well with the other ingredients.
  5. Then, use your hands or a spoon to roll the dough into balls. Each ball should be about a tablespoon of the dough.
  6. Flatten each dough ball onto the baking sheets, using your thumb to form an indentation into each cookie.
  7. After you have formed all of the cookies, add two teaspoons of jam into the indentation of each cookie.
  8. Bake the cookies for 16-18 minutes, or until they have started to turn a golden brown. Let the cookies cool slightly before serving.

Notes

  1. To freeze the cookies, carefully place the cooled cookies in a plastic freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Alternatively, you can freeze the dough before it’s baked. After indenting them with your thumb put the sheet pan in the freezer. Once the cookies are frozen, put them in a Ziploc bag and freeze. Bake as directed.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: jam cookies, gluten-free healthy cookies, raspberry jam cookies

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