Thumbprint Cookies

A gluten-free holiday cookie favorite that is fun to make and to eat! What's not to love? They're a buttery shortbread cookie filled with your favorite jam or jelly.

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Thumbprint Cookies

Easy recipe is great for kids of allll ages.

Fingers will be all over these Thumbprint Cookies!!!

My family has a long tradition of making LOTS of holiday cookies.

We have several different cookies we make each year –recipes that have been handed down from family and friends–and we bake large quantities, then give them away as gifts.

The recipe for these Thumbprint Cookies  goes back to when I was in preschool!

They are known in my house as Teacher Anne’s Thumbprint Cookies. Isn’t it funny how some recipes stay with you through the years?

These Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies are one of those classic cookies that are loved by everyone and happen to be a favorite of one of my nephews and my oldest son.

They’re a buttery shortbread cookie filled with a dollop of jam or jelly… what’s not to love?

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They’ve been part of our family’s holiday cookie assortment for year and for the last 10 years we’ve made them gluten-free using GF Jules all-pupose flour (affiliate link).

In fact, using GF Jules gluten-free all purpose flour is the change I’ve made to the original recipe… which is why we love this flour so much!

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Back to the Gluten-Free Thumbprint Recipe….

All you need for the cookie is 6 ingredients: Butter or dairy-free butter, gluten-free all purpose flour, egg yolk, sugar, vanilla and salt.

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And then you can fill them with any assortment of jams or jelly you like. We like to use 3 colors so that they look pretty.

gluten free thumbprint cookies #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.comAnd the dough comes together in 5 minutes!

All you do is cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the vanilla and egg yolks. Then mix in the flour. Couldn’t be quicker!

The one thing to keep in mind is that the dough will be very soft and a little sticky so it needs to be wrapped in wax paper and refrigerated for an hour or overnight (which is what I often do)…

If you do refrigerate it longer than an hour, just take it out 10 -15 minutes before you make the cookies so it’s not too hard.

When you’re ready to make the cookies, you take a piece of dough, roll it into a ball, make an indent in the center using your thumb, then fill with jam or jelly.

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Bake and enjoy!

So yummy!

Hope you like them as much as we do!

Scroll down to see the recipe and leave a comment if you try.


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Thumbprint Cookies
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This is a longtime holiday cookie favorite that is fun to make and to eat! NOTE: the dough requires being chilled for an hour. I often make it a day ahead and just take it out of the refrigerator an hour before we're ready to bake them.
Recipe type: Holiday Baking, Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free optional,
Serves: approximately 4 dozen cookies
  • 2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour with xanthan gum -- we use GF Jules (affiliate link)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter or dairy-free butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Assorted jams & jellies
Make the dough
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the flour and salt with a pastry cutter or fork. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until well combined.
  3. Beat in the egg yolks and vanilla.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture.
  5. Chill for at least 1 hour (if chilling overnight, take out of refrigerator about an hour before baking)
Roll, fill with jelly and bake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Roll dough into small balls.
  3. Place on lined baking sheet.
  4. Press the middle of each cookie with your thumb to make a hollow.
  5. Place in each hollow ¼ teaspoon jam or jelly
  6. Bake for 12 minutes.
  7. Let cool and enjoy.
  8. Store in air tight containers for several weeks. Freeze well.
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  1. These are fabulously delicious, texture is perfect! I used Jules for one batch and Cup 4 Cup for the other, achieved great results with both!

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