Easy 5-ingredient thumbprint cookies made with almond flour and sweetened with maple syrup. Fill cookies with your favorite jam. A gluten-free, vegan thumbprint cookie recipe!
While I don’t really like the commercialization of Valentine’s Day, I really am a sucker for heart-shaped things.
Quite some time ago I saw thumbprint cookies with a heart shape in the middle and I haven’t stopped thinking about them since. Needless to say, there was no doubt in my mind that a gluten-free heart-shaped thumbprint cookie was needed!
Double Thumbprint Cookies Ingredients
The cookie dough for these thumbprint cookies is extremely simple and makes for soft and chewy bites. Here’s what you’ll need:
- almond flour
- maple syrup
- coconut oil
- vanilla + almond extract
- jam or preserves
- colored sugar or organic cane sugar
The almond flour cookie dough is pliable enough to make the perfect little heart indentions.
When filling with your jam of choice—cherry, raspberry, or strawberry—make sure to keep the jam level with the top of the indention. Otherwise, you’ll have jam overflowing your cookie during baking. Now, when it comes to the sugary coating, that is totally optional. I love these easy thumbprint cookies both ways. If you don’t have pink or red colored sugar, organic cane sugar would also give these cookies a great sparkle and crunch. Whether you coat these chewy heart-shaped thumbprint cookies in sugar or not, you’ll have a deliciously easy recipe that is not only gluten-free, but grain-free, dairy-free, and egg-free! If you are looking for more grain-free treats, I can’t wait to try these paleo brookies from Perchance to Cook!
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Double Thumbprint Heart Cookies (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extracts. Whisk to combine. Add almond flour and salt. Stir for 1-2 minutes until dough forms. Allow dough to rest for about 3 minutes, then stir to combine again. If dough seems too wet to roll into a ball, add 2-3 tablespoons more almond flour.
- If using colored or organic sugar, place the sugar on a plate. Using a tablespoon, scoop dough and roll into a ball (You don't want them to be bigger than this). Roll the ball in sugar and place in even rows on baking sheet. Using your index finger, press no more than halfway down, a heart shape into the dough.
- Fill the heart indention with jam, just to the top of the indention. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Cookies should just be turning a light golden brown. With a spatula, transfer thumbprint cookies to wire rack and allow to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.