paleo / gluten free / vegan


Thumbprint cookies are a childhood favorite. My mom used to make delicious ones, with a buttery shortbread base and a sugary fruit filling. They were to-die-for. But as someone who attributes my eating disorder recovery to a drastic reduction in refined/processed sugar consumption, I was determined to come up with a healthier version that wouldn't trigger binges.

So I do what I always do when I look for new recipe inspo. I troll the internet for recipes, experiment with a few, and then create my own. This time, I've come up with a winner. These cookies are so easy to make, and require only SIX INGREDIENTS. They are paleo, gluten free, vegan, refined sugar-free, and insanely delicious.


Makes 16 cookies



for the cookies

2.5 cups almond flour

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

3 tb maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon


for the raspberry filling

1 pint fresh raspberries

1 tb chia seeds

1 tb maple syrup

1/2 tsp melted coconut oil



In a medium bowl, mix all of the ingredients for the cookies until a dough is formed. I like to use my hands for this one. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. While the dough is chilling, make the filling by adding all of the filling ingredients to a small pot on the stove over low heat. Use a spoon and mash the raspberries, mixing everything together. After about 5 minutes, turn off the heat and let the mixture sit. The chia will expand and this will be more "jam-like." 

Heat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with a silpat (preferred) or parchment paper. Using a spoon form cookies on the parchment paper, using your thumb to make an imprint in each cookie. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Remove from oven and press lightly on the imprint again, making room for the jam. Move to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Then fill the cookies with the raspberry filling. I like to place them in the refrigerator for a few minutes before eating, but sometimes I just can't wait! You guys will love these! Enjoy!


paleo raspberry thumbprint cookies by kalejunkie