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Gluten-free Jam Thumbprint Cookies

 Gluten-free Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Let the holiday baking begin!

December brings out the baker in me. I’ve already made three batches of cookies and more to come. It’s therapeutic for me, especially when it’s late at night. Quiet house, alone in the kitchen and the smell of cookies. Why I don’t do it every night? Real good question.

It’s such a happy month. Christmas trees, sparkly lights, hot chocolate, candy canes, gift giving, Christmas movies on repeat, and lots of cookies! THESE cookies. Gosh, the only thing that doesn’t make me happy is when I eat too many, which then results in an upset stomach.

What also makes me happy is that I’ve almost finished my Christmas shopping, except for the food gifts. I still need to make those. Don’t hate. Online shopping is my other therapy…



Back to the cookies. They have the perfect crumble and the apricot preserves add just enough sweetness. I made these with less butter and sugar than traditional thumbprint cookies. Guys, you’d never know. They just melt in your mouth.

With the craziness that comes with the Holidays, I just need a little (or a lot of) ME time to stay charged. Sometimes I’ll set my alarm super early so I can have some space before the house wakes up. I did this the other day. I made some tea, grabbed one of these cookies and SAT with a stack of magazines. It was so perfect.

I have a cute story about this tea, actually. When I was in college, I hoarded Candy Cane lane every Holiday season. One year, my (now) husband ordered an entire case and had it wrapped under the tree. It’s that good and I’m not a big tea drinker, except for this and Teavana.



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Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies

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Makes about 36 cookies


  • 3 cups of Arrowhead Mills® All-Purpose Gluten-free flour
  • ½ teaspoon Hain Pure Foods® Sea Salt
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, chopped into cubes
  • ¾ cup Hain Pure Foods® Turbinado Sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free vanilla extract
  • 1 cup preserves – I used apricot

Pairs perfectly with a cup of Celestial Seasonings® Candy Cane Lane® Tea.



Combine gluten-free flour and sea salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium/high speed for about 2 minutes. Be sure to stop and scrape the sides. Continue until it’s nice and creamy.

Note: the butter is best when it’s cold (vs. room temperature).

On medium speed, add the egg yolks and vanilla extract. Scrape the sides and continue mixing until everything is well combined.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least an hour.

Preheat oven 375 ° F.  Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll about 1 tablespoon of the dough between your hands into a ball. Be careful, the dough can be delicate and crack when you’re rolling. It’s okay if they aren’t perfect.

Place each ball of dough on the baking sheet. With you index finger or thumb, gently press into the center. If it starts to crack, you can support the edges with your other hand. Fill each cookie with about 1 teaspoon of the preserves.

Bake for 12 minutes. Remove and let cool before transferring to a cooling rack.

Note: Feel free to add more preserves after the cookies have cooled.

Enjoy with a nice cup of tea!




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  • chefjamielevine

    These look so good. Great pic. Makes me want to cozy up to a movie.

  • Jeanette Chen

    Love how pretty these classic cookies came out – just in time for the holidays!

  • Kate Ramos

    Beautiful photos Lisa! They look like the perfect hostess/teacher gift.

  • Aida Mollenkamp

    Yes to these beauties! My holiday baking has begun as well and I’m up to my ears in flour and eggs!

  • Heather Christo

    WHAT is candy cane lane??? is that tea? I have to go to the store and get some- I am obsessed with mint tea. I love these cookies! Pia is officially gluten free now, so I need to call you and get lots of tips- in the mean time, these look wonderful!

  • WithStyleGrace

    She is?? I’m more than happy to help! Have you tried the Cup 4 Cup Flour (at Williams-Sonoma)? I swear I can’t tell the difference between gluten and gluten-free when I use it. And yes, GO/RUN and pick up candy cane lane! I think they also have it at Target. My sister and I just bought 4 more boxes!

  • WithStyleGrace

    Thank you. I’m pretty sure I did just that after I finished photographing these 🙂

  • WithStyleGrace

    Thank you, Jeanette!

  • WithStyleGrace

    Thanks, Kate! Yes, these would absolutely make a great gift.

  • WithStyleGrace

    Love it. I go through more eggs and butter during the Holidays than I do all year. Happy baking!