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Simple & Quick Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies

December 21, 2014

Simple & Quick Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies
We live in the coolest neighborhood. It used to be a huge, thick, wooded area, and many of our neighbors are the original owners of the homes that were built there decades ago. There are trees everywhere, which means fantastic scenery and privacy, but we still have neighbors, and I love that.

I try to check in on a few of our elderly neighbors throughout the cold, winter months. They love to see the girls, and I love to bring a jar of soup to warm them up. Toward the end of December I have the girls bring some simple thumbprint cookies to them to wish them merry Christmas, and for a couple of them that don’t have family near, I think it really makes their holiday.

Simple & Quick Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies
This is a great, quick dough to make up for these fun cookies.

Simple & Quick Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies
It’ simplicity is perfect for older kids interested in doing kitchen tasks by themselves, as well as toddler attention spans eager to poke their thumb in the dough. Their little thumbs make the perfect little indent to hold the jam too!

Simple & Quick Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies
I usually pull jam from the freezer for the middle of the cookies. We made blueberry jam last summer, so that is what we used this year, and that one always turns out really pretty. Strawberry or raspberry jams make a very festive red – but use whatever kind you have on hand! They all work nice!

Simple & Quick Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies
I think it took my 5 year old and I 15 minutes start to finish to get the dough made, onto the tray, and into the oven – they make the perfect, quick addition to a cookie platter to pass at a party!

Simple & Quick Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies
Or! A great Christmas Eve night project to leave out for Santa!

Simple & Quick Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies

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Simple and Quick Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are fun for kids to help make. Playing with dough is quite soothing.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free thumbprint cookie recipe, gluten-free thumbprint cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Renee -


  • 7 TB cold butter
  • 3-4 TB organic pure cane sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • ½ cup white rice flour
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp almond extract vanilla extract works if you don’t have almond extract on hand – if you can grab the almond extract I highly recommend it though! It really makes the flavor pop!
  • Jam of your choosing for the middle of the cookie – you won’t need more than a couple tablespoons.


  • Put everything but the egg and almond extract in the food processor and blend to combine.
  • Add the egg and almond extract and blend though until the dough forms a ball.
  • Roll balls of dough, place them on a silpat lined baking sheet, press an indent in the middle, and scoop a little jam in the center of each cookie.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Check them around the 10 minute mark in case our ovens run differently.


UPDATE 2020 :: We now swap the brown rice flour, white rice flour, and tapioca flour for the Namaste GF Flour blend. Fluff the Namaste flour and use 1 cup of Namaste to swap for the other 3 flours. 

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  • This batch makes 18 small cookies. You can double or triple up if you are feeding a crowd!
  • You can make the dough up ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
  • Use multiple different jams so each one has a different color! I use whatever we have in the freezer from the previous summer jam making – we made blueberry jam last summer so that is what we used!
  • If you are not using homemade jam, just be sure to check the ingredients – just avoid the corn syrup based ones, and any that have added food colorings.
  • I have a Silpat liner for each of my baking sheets – they make clean up so much easier.
  • If you want to take a look at more holiday baking try these great gluten free gingerbread cookies! They are too easy!

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    • Reply Carole January 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Thanks for the recipe Renee. I am just about to make the cookies. What is the measurement for the baking soda? I assume its 1/4 teaspoon or tablespoon, but just wanted to confirm.

      • Reply Renee Kohley January 2, 2016 at 4:42 pm

        Hi Carole! It’s teaspoon! Thank you for catching that!

    • Reply Carole December 16, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      5 stars
      I make this recipe every Christmas and everyone loves it. Thanks!

  • Reply Raia December 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I love thumbprints! Pinned! 🙂

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish December 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Oh yum! I love thumbprints but haven’t made them in SO many years. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m sure my Little Love will have so much fun making these with me too.

  • Reply dee February 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    5 stars
    made these today….fabulous! reminds me of the knotts shortbread cookies! i subbed sorghum flour for all the rice flour and subbed arrowroot starch for the tapioca starch. cooked perfect at 15 mins!

    • Reply Renee Kohley February 23, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Great Dee! Glad they worked out for you!

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    3 stars
    Thank you for the gluten-free recipe. I love your website! I did find these a little dry but I’m happy to have a usable recipe anyway.

  • Reply Karen December 14, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Since this recipe is a bit older, could you use gluten free flour to replace the rices and tapioca? If so what would he measurements be? Thanks!

    • Reply Renee Kohley January 14, 2020 at 11:17 am

      Hi Karen! Yes I think a GF Flour blend would work well!

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  • Reply Shirley January 4, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Could I use gf flour in place of the almond flour. My granddaughters have Big nut allergies.

    • Reply Renee Kohley January 8, 2021 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Shirley! You can swap it but you may have to adjust the amount down a bit since almond flour has more moisture.

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