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Gluten Free Jam Thumbprints

I use tiger nut flour in these Gluten Free Jam Thumbprints! This delicious and nutritious flour is naturally gluten free, provides a delicious crumb, and makes gluten free baking incredibly easy! Use any flavor jam in these hearty Gluten Free Jam Thumbprints.

If you’re looking for more naturally gluten free cookies, be sure to check out some of my other favorites like my Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee Cookies, Eggless Chocolate Dipped Almond Cookies, or The Best Gluten Free Frosted Gingerbread Cookies.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

One Flour: Sometimes when baking gluten free, it’s best to use a blend of flours. And, sometimes when you choose a store bought blend, they have added stabilizers or certain ingredients you don’t want. I recently found Organic Tiger Nut Flour and I wanted to try it out as the internet was boasting that this is a direct substitute for all purpose flour! It did not disappoint in these cookies, it was easy to use, no stabilizers or gums, and it’s incredibly delicious!

Naturally Gluten Free: These Gluten Free Jam Thumbprints are naturally gluten free because I use tiger nut flour. Meaning, I’m not using a specific gluten free flour, but one that is naturally gluten free. This flour has an amazing texture and flavor and it will impress even your friends that love gluten! Even Delaney, who is very skeptical of gluten free (because we both love gluten!) said these were so good!

Eggless: These Gluten Free Jam Thumbprints are naturally eggless. No eggs needed here and they aren’t even missed!

Easily Adaptable: Easily change the flavor of these Gluten Free Jam Thumbprint Cookies just by switching up the jam! I used a raspberry jam in this recipe, but you can use strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, apricot or anything else you have on hand. That makes this an easy base cookie recipe you can make in different flavors each time!

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Ingredients for Gluten Free Jam Thumbprints

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Organic Valley Grassmilk

Organic Tiger Nut Flour

Organic Raspberry Jam

Florida Crystals Organic Powdered Sugar

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Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer

Baking Sheet Half Sheet Pan (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off my favorite stainless steel sustainable bakeware!)

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

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How to Make Gluten Free Jam Thumbprints

Step 1

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2

To make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and there are no chunks of butter.

Step 3

Add the milk and tiger nut flour and mix on low until combined into a smooth dough. It should feel like play dough in your hands.

Step 4

Using your hands, form the dough into 30 balls and place on the prepared baking sheets. Press your thumb into the center to create an indent. Fill with the raspberry jam. Refrigerate the cookie sheets for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 6

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until the edges and bottom is lightly golden brown. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets. (If baking at high altitude, be sure to check the bottom of the recipes in the Notes for instructions).

Step 7

To make the glaze: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar and milk and whisk until a smooth glaze forms. Drizzle over the tops of the cookies.

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Tips for Gluten Free Jam Thumbprints

• Make sure your butter is soft. This is key for this recipe! I prefer to leave butter out on the counter overnight before baking this recipe. But, if you must soften in the microwave, be sure to do only 10 second intervals per 1/2 cup to prevent the butter from melting pockets.

• I use tiger nut flour in this recipe, which is a naturally gluten free flour that is also anti-inflammatory! I really like the flavor of this! I have not tested this recipe with a gluten free flour blend. Though if you want to try using your favorite gluten free flour blend, I’m guessing it would work okay. Be sure to use the weight measurement for the flour and go from there. The dough should feel like play dough in your hands, easy to work with, not too sticky. So keep that in mind if you are changing flour as you may need to add more. You could also use my recipe for Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies where I have tested with a gluten free flour blend.

• You can use any kind of milk you like in this recipe. I’ve tested it with regular cow’s milk and also coconut milk. But, I’m sure that almond milk and oat milk would also work just fine!

• I used raspberry jam in this recipe, but any jam will work! You can use blueberry, strawberry, apricot or whatever jam you have.

• I always glaze my thumbprint cookies as I feel it’s a crucial thing for jam thumbprints to have glaze! But if you want a less sweet cookie you are welcome to leave the glaze off.

• Make sure to store these Gluten Free Jam Thumbprints in a cool dry place. I usually leave mine out on the counter for a few days while we eat them!

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FAQ's

What is tiger nut flour?

Tiger nut flour is a naturally gluten free flour that is very similar to all purpose flour. I use this nutty and sweet flour in this recipe to make naturally Gluten Free Jam Thumbprints! If you're gluten free and have not tried this flour yet, then I highly recommend it. Delaney and I are both very skeptical of gluten free flours, because we have tried so many when we owned the bake shop and so many are bad! But, we both are huge fans of tiger nut flour!

Can I make these vegan?

You can use vegan butter in place of butter and use a dairy free milk and then these are easily made vegan!

Can I use preserves instead of jam?

Absolutely! I usually prefer to use preserves as I like bigger chunks of fruit. Either preserves or jam will work in these cookies, whichever you have on hand or prefer.

How should I store thumbprint cookies?

Thumbprints should be stored in a cool dry place. The best way to store them is just out on the countertop in the open air. If you put them in a tupperware or cake dome they can become too soggy because of the jam filling. This is what also makes these a great cookie to bake ahead of time for a party or to add into holiday cookie boxes!

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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Gluten Free Jam Thumbprints

Mimi Council
Naturally gluten free, these Gluten Free Jam Thumbprints are made using tiger nut flour! This lightly sweet and hearty flour is a delicious flour that even people who eat wheat will love!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 30 cookies
Calories 112 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Dough

Filling

  • 170 grams raspberry jam (or jam of your choice)

Glaze

Instructions
 

  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • To make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and there are no chunks of butter.
  • Add the milk and tiger nut flour and mix on low until combined into a smooth dough. It should feel like play dough in your hands.
  • Using your hands, form the dough into 30 balls and place on the prepared baking sheets. Press your thumb into the center to create an indent. Fill with the raspberry jam. Refrigerate the cookie sheets for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until the edges and bottom is lightly golden brown. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets.
  • To make the glaze: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar and milk and whisk until a smooth glaze forms. Drizzle over the tops of the cookies.
  • Store in a cool dry place for up to 3 days.

Notes

Vegan – Use vegan butter and dairy free milk.
High Altitude – Bake at 350°F for 18 to 20 minutes or until the edges and bottoms are lightly golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 0.2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 51mgPotassium: 10mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 191IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.04mg
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