These grain-free, AIP/Paleo Thumbprint Cookies are a holiday classic! They’re made with a simple dough and come together quickly with no dough chilling required.
What’s not to love about these amazing AIP/Paleo Thumbprint Cookies? They’re cute, delicious and fun to make! You’re going to want to add these to your holiday cookie lineup!
Here are the main ingredients in these cookies:
- coconut oil – make sure your coconut oil is fully melted so that it’s in liquid form.
- maple syrup – don’t substitute this! maple syrup is the perfect consistency to bring together the dough which contains very absorbent coconut flour.
- gelatin – the egg replacement used to bind the dough. The cookies will be a crumbly mess without it!
- coconut flour and arrowroot starch – I don’t recommend any substitutions to this flour combination.
- apple cider vinegar – used to activate the baking soda, but don’t worry, you won’t taste it.
- vanilla extract – you’ll want to ensure it’s pure vanilla without any “natural flavors”
- jam/berry filling – I used the berry filling from my linzer cookie recipe made with frozen berries, lemon juice and honey. It’s the perfect AIP filling for these cookies.
Here are some possible variations of these Paleo Thumbprint Cookies
- Berry Filling – this is my favorite filling and what I used in the photos shown here. For this variation, you can try this strawberry or raspberry filling found in my Linzer cookie recipe.
- Salted Caramel – fill with a homemade AIP/Paleo salted caramel filling instead of jam
- Chocolate sauce – try using a homemade carob or cacao (AIP reintro) sauce for the filling such as those found in this chocolate “chip” cookie recipe
- Assorted Glazes – for a light and bright spring and summer version, try these filling options for a coconut-free pastel glaze or this coconut-butter based lemon glaze. They’re especially fun and decorative for delicious Easter treats.
- Vegan option – use my sugar cookie dough and follow the instructions to roll the dough as listed in this recipe to create vegan thumbprint cookies
Paleo Thumbprint Cookie FAQs
Can I freeze these?
Yes, these cookies (once baked), freeze well for up to 2 months. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.
How do I store these?
Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Can I make these coconut free?
Yes! Use this sugar cookie recipe as the dough to make these coconut free.
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