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Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

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These delicious vegan thumbprint cookies are the perfect Christmas cookies. They are made with a simple shortbread cookie dough, then topped with your favorite sweet jam filling and drizzled with a vanilla almond glaze. 

vegan thumbprint cookies recipe

Cookies are one of my favorite things to bake during the holiday season.

There are so many different varieties, and I love all of them for different reasons.

These holiday cookies are so festive if you use a red jam, but you can really use whatever your favorite jam might be.

Did you grow up having thumbprint cookies? I surprisingly never did, but I used to see them often and was always intrigued by them.

I don’t think I actually ate one until I was an adult, and I have enjoyed them ever since.

My grandma and my stepmom were the big bakers around Christmas time. I have a lot of fond memories of helping my stepmom bake cookies.

One of the cookies she would always bake, which I find so yucky, were gumdrop cookies.

She would take this fantastic shortbread-like dough and then roll a spicy gumdrop in the middle of the dough and bake. 

It was so fun to make them, but they never tasted real great. I’m curious if you’ve ever had these?

Anyways, back to this delicious recipe!

Vegan Thumbprint Cookies Recipe Q&A

vegan thumbprint cookies

Why are they called thumbprint cookies?

Thumbprint cookies come from the literal sense that you roll the dough and then press in the middle with your thumbprint to indent them.

In Sweden, they are called Hallongrotta, which in English means raspberry cave, it seems fitting! 

Do I need to chill the cookie dough?

No, these cookies don’t spread too much, so there is no need to chill the dough.

What’s the best jam to use for thumbprint cookies?

We prefer using a jam that is seedless, but you don’t have to. Here are some flavors people love;

  • raspberry jam
  • strawberry jam
  • apricot jam
  • blackberry jam

Our personal favorite is either strawberry or raspberry jam filling.

Can I make these gluten-free thumbprint cookies?

Yes, if you need to, you can use all-purpose gluten-free flour in a 1:1 ratio.

Do I have to use the almond extract?

No, you can replace the almond extract with vanilla extract. However, the almond adds the perfect flavor to the cookie, so I encourage you not to.

Do I have to use the glaze?

No, if you don’t want to, you don’t have to. It does add a touch more sweetness, but I like them both ways.

What ingredients do I need for this vegan thumbprint cookie recipe?

Check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

  • vegan butter softened
  • white sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • non dairy milk
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • fruit jam of choice

Glaze

  • powdered sugar
  • non-dairy milk
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract

How do you make these easy vegan thumbprint cookies?

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees grease or line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper and set it aside.

Take your stand mixer or electric hand mixer and cream your softened vegan butter and sugars for a few minutes. 

vegan thumbprint cookie dough recipe

Add your nondairy milk, vanilla, almond extract, salt, and baking powder until combined. 

Add your flour and mix until combined.

vegan thumbprint cookies before thumbprint

Take a small cookie scoop (or whatever size you’re trying to use for your dough balls), roll the cookie dough into a ball, and place it on the cookie sheet; take your clean thumb and make an indent in the center of each cookie where the jam will go.

vegan thumbprint cookies prebaked

Bake cookies;

Let this bake for 6 minutes, and remove from the oven; I carefully indent them a little more since cooking them makes them puff up a bit, so carefully (they will be hot) indent a bit before placing the jam if needed. 

Add the jam of your choice; the amount will depend on your indent size. I filled mine with about one teaspoon of jam.

vegan thumbprint cookies baking

Place them back in the oven for another 5 minutes or until cooked. 

Don’t overbake.

Let them sit on the hot cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then remove them to a cooling rack.

Take a small bowl and combine the icing ingredients until mixed smooth.

vegan thumbprint icing

Once the cookies are cooled, you can drizzle the icing on the cookies, or you can leave it off.

The baking time will vary depending on the size of the cookie you’re making.

I prefer to use the smaller cookie scoop, which makes the perfect size cookie, but if you’re making a larger one, it will change the bake time by a few minutes.

How do you serve these classic thumbprint cookies?

These are best served either slightly warm from the oven or at room temperature. 

They can be served alone or with a cup of coffee or tea.

How do you store these vegan raspberry thumbprint cookies?

Let the cookies come to room temperature before storing them in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.

Can you freeze thumbprint cookies?

If you want to freeze thumbprint cookies, let them come to room temperature before placing them in a freezer-safe airtight container. 

Place them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Let the cookies defrost on the counter before serving.

You can also freeze the cookie dough if you’re not ready to make them quite yet. 

Shape them with the thumbprint indent just like you would be baking them, then place them on a cookie sheet that fits in your freezer and place the cookie balls not touching on the sheet.

Place the sheet in the freezer for an hour or until frozen, and then stack the frozen cookies in a freezer-safe bag.

When you’re ready to bake, let the dough come to room temperature, then bake accordingly.

vegan thumbprint cookies

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vegan thumbprint cookie recipe

Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

Print Pin Rate
Prep : 10 minutes
Cook : 11 minutes
Total : 21 minutes
Servings: 30 (depending on size)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan butter softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 TB non dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup jam less or more

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 TB non dairy milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 almond extract

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees grease or line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Take your stand mixer and cream your vegan butter and sugars for a few minutes. Add your nondairy milk, vanilla, almond extract, salt, and baking powder until combined. Add your flour and mix until combined.
  • Take a small cookie scoop (or whatever size you're trying to make), roll the cookie dough into a ball, and place it on the cookie sheet; take your clean thumb and make an indent in the cookie where the jam will go. Let this bake for 6 minutes, remove from the oven, and add the jam; the amount will depend on your indent. I carefully indent them a little more since cooking them makes them puff up a bit, so carefully (they will be hot) indent a bit before placing the jam if needed. Place them back in the oven for another 5 minutes or until cooked. Don't overbake.
  • Let them sit on the hot cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then remove them to a cooling rack.
  • Take a small bowl and combine the icing ingredients until mixed smooth. Once the cookies are cooled, you can drizzle the icing on the cookies, or you can leave it off.

Notes

See blog post for recipe Q&A

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 39mg | Sugar: 11g
Course: All Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keywords: dairy free thumbprint cookies, vegan raspberry thumbprint cookies, vegan thumbprint cookies easy
Author: Courtneys Homestead
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