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Easy Vegan and Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies Filled with Apple Butter

Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Taylor - Berries & Twigs
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: 14 cookies 1x
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Vegan
  • Diet: Gluten Free


A healthy vegan and gluten-free version of thumbprint cookies filled with apple butter (or filling of choice) that are perfect for fall!


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour (pack into measuring cup)
  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour OR corn starch
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine pink himalayan salt (can use fine sea salt instead)
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • approx. 1/4 cup apple butter (can sub with fruit jam or filling of choice instead)



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine almond flour, tapioca flour (or corn starch if using), coconut sugar, & salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a small bowl or mug whisk together vanilla extract, water, & maple syrup. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until fully combined (dough should stick together, but not be overly wet).
  4. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop up 1 1/2 Tbsp of dough per cookie and place on cookie sheet. Use your thumb or back of tablespoon to make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
  5. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. Allow to cool on baking sheet.
  6. Once cooled, fill center of cookies with apple butter (approx. 1 tsp per cookie).


Store cookies at room temperature for 2 days in container or in fridge for 4 days. For more soft cookies keep lid fully sealed, for less soft cookies do not seal lid fully.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 111
  • Sugar: 7.4 g
  • Sodium: 45.6 mg
  • Fat: 2.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: quick, easy, healthy cookies, apple butter, vegan cookies, gluten-free cookies, thumbprint cookies