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Jam-filled thumbprint cookies on a square white serving dish.

Flourless Almond Thumbprint Cookies (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 25 cookies 1x


When you want to kick back with a cup of tea and the ideal treat, it’s time to break out the best flourless almond thumbprint cookies. Get the recipe now.


  • 2 3/4 cups + 1 Tbsp almond meal
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup seedless jam


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  2. Add the almond meal, butter, ¾ cup sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extracts, and salt to a food processor and process until well combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Gently roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place on the cookie sheets at least two inches apart.
  4. Make a “thumbprint” in the middle of each cookie and fill with about 1/2-1 teaspoon of jam. Do not overfill!
  5. Bake in the top half of the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are starting to brown.
  6. Place remaining granulated sugar on a small plate or saucer.
  7. Remove trays from the oven and let cool slightly. After about 5 minutes, roll each cookie in the granulated sugar. Transfer to a cooling rack. Cool completely before serving.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: holiday baking, Christmas, cookie, gluten free, almond