December 12, 2017

by Alyssa

Gluten-Free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

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These healthy and Gluten-Free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are made with cashew butter and topped with homemade raspberry chia seed jam! Perfect for a holiday dessert. 

These HEALTHY & Gluten-Free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are made with a cashew butter base and topped with homemade raspberry chia seed jam! [VEGAN]

I first made these healthy raspberry jam cookies for Cookie Week. I shared favorites like Gluten-Free + Vegan Gingerbread Cookies, and Dairy Free Hot Chocolate Cookies.

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These have a chewy cashew butter cookie base and they're topped with simple raspberry chia jam for the center.

These HEALTHY & Gluten-Free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are made with a cashew butter base and topped with homemade raspberry chia seed jam! [VEGAN]

Why You'll Love These Cookies

These cookies are a twist on classic peanut butter cookies. Instead of peanut butter, they're made with creamy cashew butter. It has a mellow taste that's the perfect base to sweet berry jam.

Better yet, these vegan cookies are super easy to make. The dough needs just one bowl and a few simple ingredients.

How to make HEALTHY Homemade Raspberry Chia Seed Jam with just 4 ingredients!

Cashew Cookie Dough Ingredients

Here's what you need for the cashew butter cookie dough:

  • Cashew butter. Choose an unflavored, unsweetened creamy nut butter.
  • Flax egg. Combine 1 tablespoon of flax meal with 1. 5 tablespoons of water. If you're new to vegan eggs, use this guide to flax eggs.
  • Maple syrup. Use the real stuff for the best flavor and nutrition.
  • Coconut sugar. This is a great unrefined sweetener. You can also use granulated or brown sugar.
  • Coconut flour. To thicken the cookies for a cake-like texture.
  • Vanilla powder. You can also use vanilla extract.
  • Baking soda. This helps the cookies get nice and fluffy in the oven.

GLUTEN-FREE THUMBPRINT COOKIES with a homemade raspberry chia seed filling! [VEGAN]

Raspberry Chia Jam

If you've never made chia jam before, get ready because this stuff will knock your socks off. You only need 3 ingredients (plus optional vanilla) and zero refined sugar!

That's right, it's time to say goodbye to that insanely sugary filled jam from the supermarket and welcome this high protein, low sugar jam into your life.

 

GLUTEN-FREE THUMBPRINT COOKIES with a homemade raspberry chia seed filling! [VEGAN]

Here's what you need to make the jam:

  • Raspberries. Use fresh or frozen!
  • Maple syrup. An unrefined sugar to sweeten your jam naturally.
  • Chia seeds
  • Vanilla powder. This is optional but nice with raspberries

GLUTEN-FREE THUMBPRINT COOKIES with a homemade raspberry chia seed filling! [VEGAN]

Ingredient Substitutions and Swaps

This recipe is totally customizable for what you like. Here are a few swaps to try:

  • Sensitive to cashews? Swap out another nut/seed butter. Almond or even a nut-free butter like sunflower seed butter would work.
  • Don't like raspberry? The cookies are delicious with strawberries, blueberries or even peaches during the summertime!
  • Add chocolate: why not swap the raspberry jam for soft chocolate ganache?

GLUTEN-FREE THUMBPRINT COOKIES with a homemade raspberry chia seed filling! [VEGAN]

More Holiday Cookies to Try

If you make these vegan and gluten-free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies, let me know what you think with a comment below!

Gluten-Free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

These healthy and Gluten-Free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are made with a cashew butter base and topped with homemade raspberry chia seed jam!
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 15 cookies
Calories 125kcal
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These HEALTHY & Gluten-Free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are made with a cashew butter base and topped with homemade raspberry chia seed jam! [VEGAN]
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Ingredients

for the cookies

for the raspberry chia jam

Instructions

  • Preaheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Start by baking the jam. Add all the jam ingredients into a small saucepan and stir together. Bring to a low boil and continue to simmer for 10 - 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 - 20 minutes. 
  • While the jam is cooling, prepare the cookies. Beat together the cashew butter, flax egg, syrup and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add half the coconut flour, along with the vanilla and baking soda, and mix until combined. Beat in the remaining coconut flour. 
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough into your hands and roll into balls. Place on a baking sheet and repeat until no dough remains. Use your thumb to make an indent in the center of each ball and bake for 9 - 10 minutes. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 - 15 minutes. Once cooled, add 1 teaspoon of jam into the center of each cookie and serve immediately!

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Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 37mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g

 

These HEALTHY and Gluten-Free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are made with a cashew butter base and topped with homemade raspberry chia seed jam!
Gluten-Free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
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  1. Hi! Can I substitute cashew butter for pistachio butter? And also change the coconut sugar for monk fruit? I want to make a cake or cookies with pistachio, I really like that flavor but I have not found in your recipes that flavor… by the way your recipes are delicious I have tried some! 🙂

    • Hi! I haven’t tried with either of those substitutes but I think it should work! Let me know how it turns out, sounds delish!

  2. Hi, really eager to try this recipe but I Can’t take any butter, not almond butter, no cashew butter and no peanut butter. Any other ideas to swap that?

    • How about sunflower seed? Or tahini? Unfortunately, the nut butter is a large part of the recipe and can’t be replaced with something else 🙁

  3. Hi! This recipe looks delicious and i will definitely give it a try. But out of curiosity, could I substitute the coconut sugar with something else, perhaps monk fruit?

    • I haven’t tested without using a granulated sugar, so I’m not sure. If you have a monk fruit sugar that can be used 1:1 for other sugars, then I’m sure it will work!

  4. Thanks for this recipe. I’ve been looking for coconut flour recipes! These cookies came our really well. They’re a little chewy – in a good way – and delicious with the jam. I used peanut butter instead of cashew and they were great.

    • Unfortunately, not without a complete overhaul of the recipe. Coconut flour is quite finicky and can’t be substituted 1:1 with any other flour!

  5. I’ve never made my own jam before. If she use this recipe to just make the jam potion can I double it and then just refrigerate it. Do I need to add something to the jam to keep it longer ?

    Thanks !

  6. You didn’t mention any water for the raspberry jam, should there be water added to cook them down? Also would there by any more or less when swapping out for strawberries since they have a high water content?

    • Nope, no water! And yes, you should be able to use strawberries as well, just cook them a bit longer 🙂

  7. Délicieuse cette recette merci ???? J’ai utiliser moitié beurre d’amande moitié tahini c’était parfait!
    J’ai garni de confiture de griotte miam…

  8. I’m allergic to raspberry but would love to try making these! What might be a good substitute for the jam? Strawberries, blueberries?

  9. The cookies alone just sound so good! but that raspberry chia jam seems like it just takes this to the next level! Great recipe in everyway

    • Sunflower butter! Just be aware that sunflower seeds and baking soda have a strange reaction where they turn green! You might want to try using baking powder instead!

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