Keto Thumbprint Cookies – Low Carb Christmas Cookies

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These keto thumbprint cookies are buttery and filled with a sugar-free raspberry jam. Enjoy almond flour cookies that are perfect for holidays or just any occasion. 

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Who can resist perfectly rich keto shortbread cookies loaded with a fruity jam in the middle?

It’s a crowd-pleasing gluten-free dessert, perfect for Christmas, and it adds such a festive touch to your holiday table.

If you’re like me and love baking tons around the Holidays, I’m sure you’ll find your favorite keto cookie recipes here.

What are Thumbprint Cookies?

Thumbprint cookies get their name from the traditional practice of making a hole in the center of each cookie for the filling. Of course, you may also form that little hole in each cookie with a rounded half teaspoon, but it’s much more fun to use your thumb!

Thumbprint cookies are one of those classic Christmas treats that seem to show up at every holiday gathering. The original thumbprint cookie recipe has been around since the 1950s, and no wonder it’s become widely popular!

I believe it’s because they have a melt-in-your-mouth feel and incorporate so many of people’s favorite things: buttery cookies, almonds, and jam. Is there any way to make something more delicious than that?

almond flour thumbprint cookies recipe

Are Thumbprint Cookies Keto?

Unfortunately, regular thumbprint cookies made with white flour, sugar, and jam are not keto-friendly since they are loaded with carbs.

However, we switched up some ingredients to create completely keto almond flour thumbprint cookies with only 3g net carbs per serving.

Since my version of these cookies is made with almond flour and keto sweetener, they are perfect for enjoying even if you follow a keto diet.

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Ingredients For Keto Thumbprint Cookies

You’ll need the following ingredients to make these delicious keto cookies; you will see that they are super easy to find.

  • Coconut Oil – you can replace it with butter. It’s important that all the ingredients are at room temperature to mix and make a smooth batter easily. Don’t use melted coconut oil, just soft enough to scoop it easily from the jar.
  • Cream cheese – Full-fat cream cheese it’s what I used since it helps with that creamy texture of the cookies.
  • Sweetener – My very favorite keto-friendly sweetener is erythritol. It has no effect on your blood sugar, is quite safe, and has no funky aftertaste.
  • Almond Flour –  use superfine blanched almond flour.
  • Egg – acts as a binder.
  • Vanilla Extract – Choose the highest quality vanilla you can get to guarantee that the flavors don’t decrease while baking.
  • Raspberry Jam – I used my Raspberry Chia Seed Jam recipe, but you can buy a sugar-free jam from the store.
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How To Make Keto Thumbprint Cookies

It’s incredibly easy to make a batch of these Keto Thumbprint Cookies if you follow just a couple of easy steps:

Measure all the ingredients, then mix them until well combined.

Refrigerate the cookie dough because it is super soft, and it’s hard to work with if not properly chilled.

Shape the dough to create 16 small balls, and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.shape the cookie dough

Use your thumb to make a hole in the top of the cookie.use your thumb to make a hole

Fill each cookie well with a little amount of raspberry jam. Be careful not to overfill.fill each cookie with jam

Bake until golden brown around the edges.

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Tips For Making Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies

  1. These cookies will be pretty soft straight out of the oven. I recommended letting them rest for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.  
  2. After you’ve made your dough, refrigerate it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. The dough is slightly sticky, and it would be almost impossible to roll the cookie balls using unchilled dough and warm hands.
  3. Refrigerate the cookies after shaping them if they look too soft.

How To Store Keto Thumbprint Cookies

  • Fridge – store these thumbprint cookies in the fridge for up to six days.
  • You can also leave them on the table for about two days; they will dry out before that.
  • If you want to freeze these cookies, just place them in an airtight container and freeze them for up to a month.

What Sweeteners Are Best For these Keto Christmas Cookies?

Erythritol is the best sweetener you can use for baking keto cookies. They had a great, chewy texture because of the erythritol, and there was little aftertaste (if at all). 

They were even a little too sweet for me, but my family said they were perfect.

However, you are free to use your favorite 1:1 granular sugar replacement.

gluten free thumbprint cookies

For The Raspberry Jam Filling, There Are a Couple Of Options:

I like to make my raspberry jam filling at home, but you can also use store-bought ones, with no sugar added. 

Just keep in mind that the nutritional values of this kind of jam are different, and you will have to double-check the carb count carefully. 

If you don’t have time to prepare your raspberry jam filling at home, and you can’t find any at the store, here is another great option: cook your favorite berries on low heat with some sweetener until the mixture becomes thick. To thicken the jam, even more, use a little xanthan gum.

Looking for More Keto Cookies Recipes? Try these:

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Keto Thumbprint Cookies

5 from 1 vote

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Yelds 16 cookies
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com


These keto thumbprint cookies are buttery and filled with a sugar-free raspberry jam. Enjoy almond flour cookies that are perfect for holidays or just any occasion.
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  • In a large bowl add the softened coconut oil or butter, egg, cream cheese, sweetener, vanilla extract. Mix using an electric mixer until well incorporated for about 2 minutes.
  • Add almond flour, baking powder. Continue mixing until a sticky cookie dough is formed. Chill for about 20 minutes or freeze for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325°F/ 160°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Form the cookie dough into 1.5 inch balls and place onto the cookie sheet.
  • Use your thumb to press in the center of the cookie dough ball and make an indentation into each cookie.
  • Spoon about 1 tsp of sugar-free jam into each indentation.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are set and golden brown on the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Keto Thumbprint Cookies - Low Carb Christmas Cookies


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