Thumbprint Cookies

A longtime holiday cookie favorite adapted to be gluten-free

Thumbprint Cookies

Fun to make & to eat!

Fingers will be all over these Thumbprint Cookies!!!

The recipe 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? They are a favorite of my older son & one of my nephews but we all enjoy them, and my boys & nieces love making them.

We’ve been baking them gluten-free with GF Jules all-pupose flour for 7 years now and no one knows the difference! So yummy! Hope you like them as much as we do!

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Thumbprint Cookies
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A longtime holiday cookie favorite adapted to be gluten-free. 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 flour (we use GF Jules)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened (For dairy-free, you could use Earth Balance instead)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Assorted jams & jellies to taste
Make the dough
  1. Sift together the flour and salt (I just mix in a bowl with a pastry cutter)
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until well mixed
  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 tsp jam or jelly
  6. Bake for 12 minutes

One thought on “Thumbprint Cookies

  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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