Sunday, August 16, 2015

Raspberry Thumbprint Butter Cookies ( Grain Free)

Another gluten free tasty little gem that is easy and can be whipped up rather quickly!
If you a new to gluten free baking, this is a good recipe to get you started.
There are no exotic flours or hard to find ingredients; the recipe just calls for ground almonds ( available at Trader Joe's as almond meal) .

Thumbprint cookies are a basic butter ( or coconut oil)  cookie that are fun to make and especially fun to make with kids. These delightful gluten free cookies are made quickly, bake quickly, and look beautiful. What kid ( of any age) doesn't love pressing his/her thumb into cookie dough and filling it with a teaspoon of rich fruit jam.

If you are craving a cookie, these won't disappoint you. The recipe makes a small batch ( about 9) , so you won't overeat them either.

Ground almonds are a naturally gluten free flour that is perfect for baking cookies and cakes, is easy to work with , and tastes great. I've made lots of different recipes using almond meal.

Vegan? In addition to being grain free and gluten free,  this recipe can also be made vegan by substituting coconut oil for the butter.

Author: Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 12 minutes at

2 cups of ground almonds/meal ( I got mine at Trader Joe's
6 Tablespoons of softened organic butter ( vegans- substitute coconut oil)
4-5 Tablespoons of coconut sugar ( I bought mine at Trade Joes')
1  teaspoon of organic vanilla extract
1/2 cup of raspberry all fruit natural jam or jelly

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond meal and coconut sugar. Add the butter and vanilla extract and cream into the dry mixture using a large spoon. When mixture is well creamed, take enough to make a small ball and place on a parchment covered cookie sheet. Repeat until the dough is finished ( makes about 10 cookies) . Press your thumb into each cookie and help it out to make a well. Fill it well with a half teaspoon of jelly and bake at 350 degrees fro 12 minutes until bottoms are just slightly brown.  Check frequently after 10 minutes so they don't over bake. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before lifting them. ( they will crumble)

Before baking

After baking 
My notes

This is a crumbly cookie dough ; however, the dough will respond to the warmth of your hand and become  workable. If you absolutely find the dough too dry, add a teaspoon of almond milk and try again. I choose to use raspberry filling but of course any flavor filling would be fine.

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  1. Yum! Can't wait to bake these. I have everything in the house, but am avoiding nuts and nut products for the time being. Hopefully for the holidays.

    1. The entire basis is nuts. Probably not for you right now.

  2. Love the gluten free recipe and they take such a short time to make and cook. Thanks for sharing a healthy version with us at #AnythingGoes link up

    1. I'm now a regular at # Anything Goes. I get so many great ideas! Thanks for hosting

  3. Thumbprint cookies are such a classic, it's lovely to see such an easy, tasty gluten free recipe, Judee! Pinned and sharing. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Hop. Hope to 'see' you again this week - the hop is live now :-)

    1. Thanks April. They are simple but still impress! Thanks for pinning and sharing. I'll see you next week at Hearth and Soul Hop- one of my favorites!

  4. Oh myyyyyy! If those were in my house, I would eat 10 and not even care about the fact that I would probably get hives cause of the almonds, LOL!!!

  5. I love the ingredients you have used to make these healthy thumbprint cookies, Judee! Very minimalist :)

  6. HI Judee,
    These cookies look delicious and healthy. The fact that they are grain free makes them extra special. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

  7. so simple and one of my favorite cookies!! Featuring your recipe this week on AFW!

    1. Tessa,
      Yahoo! Thank you so much for the feature. As you can see I get excited when I featured. And thank you for hosting the party..

  8. Hi Judee,
    Your Raspberry Thumbprint Butter Cookies look fantastic! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Miz Helen,
      I appreciate your comments and your blog carnival. Thanks for hosting. see you next week

  9. I love thumbprint cookies, and this would be perfect for dessert for when my friends/family with gluten free dietary needs come for dinner! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday last week! Please join us again this week! <3

  10. These cookies sound great Judee! I love that they are a little lighter than the ones I'm used to (and aren't a huge fan of) - these sound delicious.
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Healthy Vegan Fridays - I'm pinning this recipe =) Hope to see you again this week!

  11. Love the recipe especially it is a gluten free one which i would prefer for me and my friends


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