Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies

Total Time
1hr 52mins
Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 22 mins

This is a recipe I adapted from Taste of Home to be gluten free. Very, very good. They almost remind me of tiny danishes. :) Prep time includes refrigerator time of 1 hour. For more step by step photos, see:

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well. Add gum, flours and starches, mix well. If you were inclined to dye these, now would be the time.
  2. Put your concoction into the fridge for about an hour. DO NOT FREEZE! It will make your life difficult and your cookies deformed.
  3. Pull off pieces of dough and form into 1 inch balls. Work it like a meatball and space out on an ungreased cookie sheet. Form a depression in the middle with your fingers or some sort of kitchen implement like a spoon. I use my fingers, they're easier to clean.
  4. Fill said depression with jelly or jam of your choice, just enough that you make a jam puddle. These won't rise, but they will spread a little, so try to keep it all inside the pool.
  5. Insert filled cookies into a 350 F oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the bottom just starts to brown. Let rest on cookie sheet 5-10 minutes or until form is set, then move to a cooling rack to finish.
Most Helpful

Can't rate this recipe because I'm not sure the ingredient list is in fact complete. The directions mention adding 'starches' (plural) when the only starch mentioned is potato starch. The dough proved very soft and he cookies did spread terribly, which too might -or might not- be a result from an ingredient missing (you never know for sure in gluten free baking ;-)) The taste was superb, by the way.

Suzy mom to 2 October 31, 2009

Yea! these are great! We made them as neighbor gifts for our wheat eating friends and they loved them. I substituted Arrowroot powder for Potato starch as it was what we had on hand. I made sure to refrigerate the dough and bake the cookies while they were they still cool. They didn't spread at all. These are a new favorite for us! Thanks for the great recipe!

Rhupert December 28, 2012

Super easy, super delicous. What more can you ask for in a cookie? I can't think of anything. I substituted apple sauce for the cream cheese, which I suspect changed things a bit, but they were still excellent. I also topped some with chocolate chips, not a bad combination...though I prefer the jam. Once again Kristi, you are a wonder of gluten free baking. Made for PAC Spring 2009

Az B April 14, 2009