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Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

These Vegan Thumbprint Cookies are soft, buttery and easy to make without any eggs or dairy and a holiday staple for any Christmas cookie platter. The cookie dough comes together in almond flour, dairy-free butter and then indented and filled with homemade chia jam! This thumbprint recipe is also gluten-free, grain free and paleo-friendly. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best sugar cookies, christmas cookies, easy low carb dinner, easy shortbread cookies, holiday cookies, keto cookies, keto shortbread cookies, low carb shortbread cookies, paleo cookies, paleo shortbread cookies, paleo thumbprint cookies, thumbprint cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
Calories 106 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 1 1/2 cups superfine blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup softened vegan butter OR solid organic refined coconut oil (not melted - you want the consistency to be similar to softened butter)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup OR preferred sticky liquid sweetener. Agave, date syrup, coconut nectar syrup or Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp pure almond extract optional but adds flavor and gives it that signature sugar cookie taste
  • 3 Tbs. coconut sugar OR brown sugar substitute such as golden monk fruit sweetener
  • 1/4 cup Homemade sugar-free strawberry jam / raspberry jam OR your favorite sugar-free preserves such as Walden Farms, Smuckers or Crofters

Homemade Chia Jam

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries or strawberries
  • 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup OR preferred sticky liquid sweetener. Agave, date syrup, coconut nectar syrup or Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, vegan butter, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extract, if using. Mix well with a fork until dough is combined.

  2. Cover bowl and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove dough from fridge. Form the dough into 1.5 inch balls and roll into brown sugar substitute or coconut sugar. Make an indentation using your thumb or a 1/4 teaspoon in the center of each dough.
  4. Place on a large parchment lined baking sheet about 1.5 inches apart. Place the pan in the freezer while you preheat the oven.

  5. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 360F. Bake for 10-11 minutes, until just set. Be careful not to overbake as the cookies will continue to bake after you remove them from the oven.

  6. Remove from oven and indent into the center of each cookie again, if necessary.
  7. Allow to cool completely and fill with jam. Transfer to wire rack or cookie tray - do not transfer warm cookies otherwise, they will break apart.

For the homemade jam

  1. Cook your berries of choice in a saucepan over medium heat until they begin to break down, about 5 minutes. 

    Mash it down or leave it chunky. Stir in the lemon juice and maple syrup. Cook for 5 more minutes, remove from heat and stir in the chia seeds. Let stand until it begins to thicken, adding water if needed to thin out until desired consistency is reached. Allow to cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or two and in the freezer for up to three months. 

Recipe Notes

How to Store

Store cooled cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

How to freeze:  

You can either freeze the unbaked dough balls or the baked cookies.

To freeze dough balls, simply place the dough balls in a baking sheet and freeze for 20 minutes. Then transfer the dough balls to a large zip-lock bag.

To freeze baked thumbprint cookies, simply place the keto cookies on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze for 20 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to an airtight resealable container and freeze for up to 3 months.



Nutrition Facts
Vegan Thumbprint Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.