December 7, 2013 30

Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

Vegan Thumbprint Cookies | @withfoodandlove

Every year during the holiday season I’d roll up my sleeves, get covered in flour and bake the day away with my sister and my mom. We would kick all the boys out of the house and we’d blast the hell out of that Amy Grant Christmas Album. We’d dance and laugh and sing around the house like no one else in the world was watching. Now that I think about it, these really were some of the happiest days of my childhood.

We’d make rum balls and snowballs, sugar cookies and gingerbread men, but most importantly we’d make thumbprints, my absolute favorite. And if you can believe it {I mean truly, I’m still in shock} Chris didn’t even know what a thumbprint was until I made these last week. Now, obviously, they’re his new favorite too. I mean they’re pretty hard to resist.

This recipe stays true to the original classic thumbprint recipe I made with my mom, except I’ve revamped it using almond flour. So, all you gluten and grain-free lovelies out there can enjoy them too. Oh, and they’re also totally, naturally dairy and egg-free, making them the perfect vegan thumbprint.

Vegan Thumbprint Cookies | @withfoodandlove

Vegan Thumbprint Cookies {print me!}

Notes: this recipe will yield a baker’s dozen chewy vegan thumbprints. I used raspberry jam, but you could use any flavor. Hot tip! To prevent burning the bottoms double up your baking sheets.


  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup {or 1/4 cup honey}
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of blanched almond flour for finishing
  • 1 tablespoon jam

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the first three dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. With a whisk mix it together well. Then add in the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. With a spoon stir the batter until it forms a dough.

Roll the dough in your hand to make 13 balls. Dip half of the ball into the almond flour that was set aside for finishing. Place the ball on the cookie sheet with the floury side up. Press the ball down leaving a small indentation in the center of the cookie. Fill the indentation with about 1/4 teaspoon of jam.

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.

When the cookie come out of the oven their texture will still be quite soft, transfer them to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely. During the cooling process the cookies will become a little more firm, but still soft and chewy. Finish with a little sprinkle of almond flour or powdered sugar.

30 Responses to "Vegan Thumbprint Cookies"

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    December 11, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Oh my goodness. I am making these tomorrow. They look SO amazing! Currently I’m battling morning sickness and NOTHING looks amazing. But these do. Well done. ;)

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      December 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      I think this is the like the BEST compliment ever, hahaha. Thank you!
      Congratulations to you, how exciting. Lots of love to you and your family!

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    Brandy @A Mindful Mantra

    December 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    These cookies look so cute and delicious! The photos are gorgeous!

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      December 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Thanks Brandy, they’re so good + I hope you make them!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    December 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I’ve always loved jam thumbprints, they are the best! I’m going to make a batch of these before the holidays are over.

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      December 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Yes DO! Let me know how they turn out :)

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    December 20, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    These look yummy! I am going to make some today!! What do you mean by doubling up baking sheets?? (I am a very beginning baker.)

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      December 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Hey Alli! Just place a second baking sheet under the one with the cookies on it, then bake away. Hope this helps :)

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    December 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Me and the husband wanted something sweet last night after dinner and had nothing in the house so I searched for a simple quick (healthy) recipe and they were GREAT! Thanks!

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      December 22, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      Yes! I’m so happy you loved these Mary.

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    amanda kerns

    October 6, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Can’t wait to try this one! Trying to go paleo while starting a home bakery business. Needless to say, it’s imparetive that I have paleo dessert alternatives on hand at all times!

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      October 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Happy to provide you tasty, yummy, grain-free goodness Amanda!!

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    October 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    I just made these cookies. They are perfect. I love them and will keep baking them. Wonderfull. Thank you for the recipe.

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      October 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      This makes me so happy Tami!!

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    December 2, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    I recently went grain free and was really sad that I wouldn’t be enjoying my “normal” favorite Christmas cookies….these are back on my list to love! Thanks!

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      December 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      You are so welcome Sara, enjoy + happy holidays!! xo

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    December 12, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    OMG these are one of my most fave cookies to bake at Christmas time, so happy I came across this healthier version, they sound delicious! I hope you don’t mind I showcased them on my blog in my link love series.

    Lynds xx

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      December 14, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      I always appreciate that kind of love Lyndsey. Thanks so much!! xo

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    December 18, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I wonder…..would it work to substitute a portion (maybe half?) of the almond flour with coconut flour? I would love to make a big batch of these but only have one small (and expensive) bag of almond flour :-)

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      December 18, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      I’ve never tried that Theresa and I do know baking with alternative flour can be tricky, so I’m not sure if I can recommend changing the recipe in that way. If you end up doing it, please let me know how it turns out! xo

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    August 17, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Thesr cookies were a great success! Perfect for those with very restrictive food diets like me. They took me less than five mins to mix (no joke) and were quick to bake. I used trader joe’s juice- sweetened jam and a hemp coconut milk. Result was soft, savory, very little sweetened (just sweet enough for those who don’t regularly eat sugar) cookies. Will make again!

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      August 18, 2015 at 12:36 PM

      Oh so happy to hear this Paola, your feedback made my day!

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    November 27, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    I just made these and they are fantastic! The flavor is so awesome. The only thing is that mine really spread out – making them less thumbprint-like and the middle is a little too underdone. I might need to refrigerate the dough for a short time next time I make them. Thanks for such a delicious treat!

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    December 15, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    I went to print this recipe and it is different from the web page. The printed version calls for 1/4 cup honey or agave. The web page recipe does not mention this ingredient. The printed page does not mention maple syrup.
    Please clarify these ingredients.
    Thank you

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      December 15, 2015 at 7:36 PM

      Sorry for the confusion Renee! The recipe can be made with 3 tablespoons maple syrup or 1/4 cup honey/agave.

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    December 16, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    I just printed these to make for Christmas. They look so good! I was wondering if almond meal was the same as almond flour? I get a bag of almond meal at Trader’s Joes and was hoping I could use that.

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      December 20, 2015 at 5:37 PM

      Hi Michelle, sorry for the delayed response. Almond meal is not quite the same as blanched almond flour. Almond meal is ground almond with its skin, and it isn’t as fine as almond flour {almonds ground super fine without their skins}. If you experimented using the almond meal, I’d love to know how they turned out!

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    December 23, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    I was looking for a nice Christmas treat for my brother’s vegan girlfriend and these were perfect! Even better that they’re gluten free since my brother is a Celiac! They turned out wonderful! We sprinkled them with powdered sugar instead of almond flour for extra sweetness!

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    February 14, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    We are allergic to almonds and coconut. Could we substitute oat flour or GF all purpose flour? Would any oil work as a substitute?

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      March 1, 2016 at 8:13 PM

      Hi Erin – grain-free baking is tricky, and I wouldn’t recommend that.

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