Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

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I’ve loved thumbprints ever since I was a kid. Any recipe that tells me to jam my thumb into cookie dough and fill it with actual jam is a winner in my books. Did you ever eat those packaged cookies with the cream and gooey strawberry filling? Not technically a thumbprint cookie I guess, but they sure did taste amazing. I don’t even want to know how many sleeves of those cookies I ate growing up. I’m sure you’d still see a few clinging to my artery walls!

Today, I have a vegan and gluten-free version to add to my growing thumbprint recipe collection. This time, I set my heart on making a thumbprint with a lovely raspberry almond flavour using almonds, almond butter, almond extract, and raspberry jam as the feature ingredients. They turned out fantastic – lightly sweet, with a buttery almond flavour and pop of sweet raspberry goodness. If you are a fan of peanut butter and jam, you will love this “grown-up” version.

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Served with a side of Gossip Girl on Monday night, it was the perfect balance of wholesome…and not so wholesome. Eric claims he isn’t a fan of both thumbprints and Gossip Girl, but I found him devouring both. Never trust a person who says they don’t like thumbprint cookies!

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Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

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Yield: 18 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/3 cups raw almonds, processed into almond meal (about 1.5 cups almond meal)
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/4 tsp + 1/8th tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter (see note)
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 5-6 tbsp raspberry jam
  • approx 1/3 cup shredded coconut, for rolling

 

1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray a large baking sheet with oil, use a silpat mat, or line with parchment paper.

2. If making almond meal, place raw almonds into a high-speed blender. Process on high speed until a fine crumb, making sure not to process too long or the oils will release. Alternatively, you can use store bought almond meal.

3. In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients (almond meal, rice flour, ground flax, salt, and baking powder). Use your fingers to break up any clumps of the almond meal. In a smaller bowl, mix together the almond butter, maple syrup, and almond extract. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until combined.

4. Shape dough into balls (about 1.5 tbsp or so). If dough is too sticky, place in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to firm up.

5. Roll balls in coconut. Place balls of dough about 1.5-2 inches apart on the baking sheet. With your thumb, press into the middle of the ball and shape a small well with your fingers. Add 1 tsp of jam into each well.

6. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes, watching closely after 9 minutes. I baked mine for 11.5 minutes. Cool on sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Channel your inner grandma and enjoy with hot tea!

Notes: If making these completely gluten-free be sure to check all your ingredients to ensure they are certified gluten-free. The almond butter I used is very "drippy" so I don’t suggest using a firm nut butter here. If you do, you may have to add some oil to the mixture. You can also roll the balls in chopped nuts instead of coconut.

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If you find yourself with some delicious in-season raspberries (or other berries!), you can try making your own raspberry puree or jam for the middle. I would probably just smash some with a fork and add a bit of sweetener to taste!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh May 2, 2012

I LOVE thumbprint cookies! I never would’ve thought to add the coconut to it; what a fun twist!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

You can also roll the balls into chopped nuts…I’ve done that before and it adds a great crunch!

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LizAshlee May 2, 2012

These look delightful! I have been eyeing thumbprint cookies and I am excited to try a raw version too! Have a great day!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

That’s funny, I made a raw version yesterday! I think it might be for the book though, I’m not sure yet. :)

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Blog is the New Black May 2, 2012

THese look great!

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Katie @ Creature of Habit May 2, 2012

These look excellent!

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Christine (The Brighter Side of Life) May 2, 2012

These look soooo good! Love the new header, by the way.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 2, 2012

Ahh there seems to be cookies everywhere this morning… except in my kitchen!! These sound amazing Ange! Now that I’m home from Australia I’m totally craving fresh berries, especially raspberries. PS Love the new header!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

Welcome back Ange!

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Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) May 2, 2012

For some reason I associate thumb print cookies with Christmas… Not sure why, I guess maybe that is when my mom used to make them. These ones look light and delicious, I can’t wait to try them with a fresh berry puree.

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Jill May 2, 2012

Wow, these look great! I like the idea of rolling them in nuts instead of coconut because my hubby is opposed to coconut. Mmm..

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Andrea May 2, 2012

These look delicious! I’ve only ever made thumbprint cookies once, and then when I see recipes for them, I wonder why the heck I haven’t made them more often!

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Catalina @ Cake with Love May 2, 2012

These cookies look very delicious, I love the coconut addition!!!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 2, 2012

These are so pretty!

Random Gossip Girl story – I was in a little town in Italy and we saw a poster advertising the show. I guess the Italians are into it too! :)

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Eva @ Committed2Nutrition May 2, 2012

These look amazing. I cannot wait to make this!

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Jill May 2, 2012

Yum!

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Nancy May 2, 2012

I love thumb printcookies and recently gone gluten-free. Is almond meal the same as almond flour? Can you substitute them?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

Hey Nancy, Great question! Almond FLOUR is made from blanched almonds, while almond meal is made from whole almonds with their skin on. Almond flour tends to be very fine whereas meal has a bit grainier or heartier texture.

You could probably sub almond flour for the meal in this recipe, although Im not sure if any adjustments would need to be made. I cant really find a reason as to why it wouldnt work!

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Katie May 2, 2012

Flour sub for the non gluten free folks? Spelt?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

Hey Katie, Have you checked out this other thumbprint recipe on the blog? Its vegan but not gluten free. http://ohsheglows.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6001715

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Alex @ Raw Recovery May 2, 2012

I used to make these cookies with my grandma all the time so it brings back good memories :) I love that they are GF and vegan! They look delicious

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kathleen May 2, 2012

I have been on such a raspberry jam and almond butter kick… and I always love cookies! Thanks for a great recipe :)

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Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon May 2, 2012

Eeek! A vegan and gf version of my all-time favorite christmas cookie :)

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Amelia May 2, 2012

Mouthwatering delicious. I will be using fresh strawberries for these right now since they are in season here in SC.

I actually made a similar version of these at Christmas time, except I made an almond butter chocolate filling instead of the jam. When my parents visited my husband and I for Christmas, my Dad polished them off quicker than any other cookie!I :)

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Carrie May 2, 2012

Those look so delicious – I love thumbprint cookies!

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Stephanie @ Legally Blinde May 2, 2012

These sound delicious and look so pretty!! And I just love all of your food styling pictures lately – so beautiful.

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 2, 2012

Oh my gosh…these look so delicious! Thumbprints will always be my favorite cookie. There’s just something about that perfect little circle of jelly in the middle that I absolutely love and always beats out chocolate (which is no small feat!) for me. This version is about 10 million times healthier than the recipe card in my kitchen passed down from about 3 generations in my family. Definitely trying these out :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

I agree that it beats out chocolate…and I rarely say that! Although I make a chocolate shake today that just about blew any dessert Ive ever made out of the water. heh

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Ashley Dodge May 2, 2012

These look amazing! I always love thumbprint cookies! :)

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Anne May 2, 2012

I love the new header!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

Thanks Anne!

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Willow May 2, 2012

Love thumbprint cookies AND love almond and rasberries together! *Swoon* They look beautiful… I want to just pluck one off the tray!

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Kelly May 2, 2012

You must have really not liked the new banner as I see the old one is back up ; )
These cookies sound delicious. The only fruity cookie that I thought went together as a kid was the fig newton…have you ever tried making those? Would love to see a recipe for it in the future!

How is knee healing?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

The new header is still up! heh. I think you just need to refresh your browser window? Press control + F5 and it should appear. I am thinking about shooting a new one though…

Thanks for asking about my knee. It’s still off. It’s now been over a month since I’ve run. I’ve heard that knees can take time. Luckily Ive found love with yoga, pilates, and spinning to keep me entertained and strengthen my muscles.

I havent tried making fig newtons but I LOVED them growing up! I will have to make them :)

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Kelly May 2, 2012

Control + F5 … you can also add IT genius to your CV!

Sorry to hear about the knee, but you’re so smart to listen to your body & take the time off from running rather than creating a worse injury that may lead you to never be able to run again. I do love yoga, pilates & spinning too. I love biking so much that my husband surprised me a couple of years ago with my very own spinning bike!!

Have you heard of yogaglo.com? Or gaiamtv.com? You should check them out. Yogaglo is strictly yoga & fabulous. I had a subscription to them for a few months & then found gaiamtv recently & made the switch because they have everything. I still prefer practicing yoga in a studio, but sometimes the class schedule doesn’t agree with my work schedule.

Yay for the possibility of a fig newton recipe in the future!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

hah well Eric has to get credit for teaching me the control + F5. I think he had to tell me 10 times before I finally remembered to do it. ;)
I haven’t heard of those sites but will check them out! Thanks

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Kim May 5, 2012

Are you taking request? I would also LOVE a fig newton recipe!! ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 7, 2012

mmm those are my favs!!!

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Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition May 2, 2012

Organic Raspberries are so expensive in NYC. It’s crazy- I went to buy them yesterday and they were $7 for a tiny pack!

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Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites May 2, 2012

we always roll our thumbprints into crumbled wlanuts :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

I love doing that too :)

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Jasper {crunchylittlebites} May 2, 2012

I just love this recipe Angela, it makes me more proud of my Canadian roots {and though I know you’ve TONS of Canadian readers, I’d like to think that I represent the USA-with-Canadian-grandparents OSG readers out there!}…not that thumbprints are especially Canadian…but you did make THIS recipe…and my grandmother taught me to make them

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Char @ www.charskitchen.ca May 2, 2012

I love thumbprint cookies! These look & sound amazing. I love how pretty they are. Something about the wholegrains & raspberry jam together :D

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Yellow Haired Girl May 2, 2012

I love thumbprint cookies! These look delicious!

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Nicole May 2, 2012

These look fantastic! I’m doing my grocery shopping tonight after work and making sure to pick up all the ingredients I need… these are being made tonight!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 2, 2012

Fabulous new header!

And I made PB & J thumbprint cookies before Valentine’s Day and now I now what to do with my raspberries this season…however, I don’t usually have too many “leftovers” b/c I adore them and eat them by the pint-full!

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Maureen Pluthero May 2, 2012

cookies look good
Do you soak your nuts before using?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

Nope. I think if you soak them you have to dehydrate them before baking with them.

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Ariel Scheirer May 3, 2012

Why would you soak them?

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Maureen May 3, 2012

I have read it is beneficial here is one of the links about why you would soak them
http://vegetarian.about.com/od/beverage1/a/soaking-nuts.htm

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Deirdre May 2, 2012

These would be lovely for mother’s day brunch! thanks for the recipe!

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Grace @ Healthy Dreaming May 2, 2012

I love fruit in my cookies and thumbprints are some of my favorites! BOOKMARKED :)

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Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables May 2, 2012

I’m imagining these with Nutella….! And GG is such a great show.

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Kelli May 2, 2012

These look great! I have recently discovered the joys of baking with almond meal and I am excited for this recipe! One question though: what is the difference between regular baking powder and aluminum-free? Is it healthier?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

Hey Kelli, The studies on aluminum exposure are quite controversial, however I like to err on the side of caution. I also find that AF baking powder tastes much better in baked goods (you don’t get that metallic taste).

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Lauren May 2, 2012

These look great! I will definitely have to try them! :o)

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Ashley May 2, 2012

Speaking of almonds, do you know anywhere in Ontario where you can buy almond flour? I’ve looked everywhere but it only seems to be available online with crazy expensive shipping fees.

Thanks.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

I’ve seen it at some health food stores, Loblaws, and whole foods. You can make it if you have a high speed blender. Just buy some blanched almonds and process until a fine flour and then sift out any clumps.

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Meg May 2, 2012

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