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Keto Thumbprint Cookies the best gluten-free Christmas cookies

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Carine Claudepierre - December 11, 2020
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These low-carb keto thumbprint cookies are delicious almond flour shortbread cookies filled with sugar-free raspberry chia seed jam. These are the most beautiful gluten-free keto Christmas thumbprint cookies with only 3.8 grams of net carbs per serving, so you can indulge with no guilt!

Keto low carb thumbprint cookies

How to make keto thumbprint cookies?

These raspberry thumbprint cookies are simple low-carb cream cheese keto cookies filled with a sugar-free keto jam.

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Preparing the cookie dough

To make the cookie dough, you need a food processor, stand mixer, or an electric beater to create a smooth dough. The ingredients you need are:

  • Almond flour – you can also use almond meal, but the cookies’ texture will be a bit gritty and darker in color. Don’t replace almond flour with coconut flour. It won’t work. Both are very different keto flours, and they can’t be substituted with a 1:1 ratio.
  • Soft unsalted butter  – the recipe won’t work with coconut oil. Butter is a low-carb dairy product with 0 grams of net carbs!
  • Cream cheese 
  • Erythritol – or any keto sugar substitute with a crystal texture like allulose. I don’t recommend using xylitol as it makes keto cookies very soft and fragile.
  • Egg
  • Sea salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sugar-free jam or peanut butter to fill the thumbprint.

Keto thumbprint with raspberry jam

First, beat the cream cheese, butter, and erythritol together until fluffy and well combined. Then, add the egg, almond flour, sea salt, and vanilla extract and combine again until the batter is smooth, fluffy, and sticky. You don’t need a leavening agent like baking powder or baking soda in a thumbprint cookie recipe.

Chill the dough

This cream cheese thumbprint cookie dough is very soft, and you must chill it for at least 30 minutes. Simply wrap the dough into plastic wrap and chill in the fridge while making my keto jam recipe.

Keto thumbprint cookies

Roll cookie ball

The first step to making lovely gluten-free thumbprint cookies is to form round cookie dough balls of the same size. I recommend using a measuring tablespoon to scoop out the dough and make even cookies.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place each cookie ball onto the baking sheet leaving half thumb space between each cookie. These almond thumbprint cookies won’t expand in the oven, so you don’t need to leave much space between each cookie.

Keto thumbprint with raspberry jam

Press the cookie ball

To form a lovely thumbprint, you can obviously use your thumb! Press your thumb in the center of the cookie ball to gently flatten the center of the cookie and create a space that is big enough to welcome 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of jam. I personally like to use a measuring teaspoon to form the thumbprint shape.

Keto thumbprint with raspberry jam

Fill with jam

To make healthy thumbprint cookies, you need to fill your cookies with a healthy jam. You can use my keto jam recipe made of chia seed or use store-bought sugar-free raspberry jam. Both options make delicious low carb thumbprint cookies. You can also use other sugar-free jam flavors. Strawberry and boysenberry are low-carb keto-friendly fruits that make delicious sugar-free jam too.

Keto thumbprint with raspberry jam

I personally recommend raspberry almond thumbprint cookies because the flavor marry really well, and the color pops out on a Christmas platter.

Bake the cookies

Finally, preheat the oven to 350F (180c) and bake the raspberry thumbprint cookie recipe for 15 minutes. Watch out, these almond flour thumbprint cookies are baking really fast, and almond flour can burn quickly. Don’t bake these cookies at higher temperature or too long. You know they are ready when they get lightly browned on the side.

Sugar free thumbprint cookies

How to store?

These keto raspberry thumbprint cookies store really well in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 5 days. You can also freeze these cookies in a ziplock bag and thaw on the countertop a few hours before serving.

Keto thumbprint with raspberry jam

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These are the most delicious and beautiful keto Christmas cookie to add to your cookie platter. If you want to create an outstanding holiday cookie platter, add some of the keto cookie recipe below to the mix:

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XOXO Carine

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Keto thumbprint cookies

Low-carb Keto Thumbprint Cookies

An easy keto cream cheese cookie recipe with almond flour and raspberry thumbprint filling.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
chill 12 mins
Total Time: 34 mins

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Author: Carine Claudepierre
18 cookies
4.79 from 70 votes
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Ingredients

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Instructions

  • In a food processor with the S blade attachment, add the soft butter, cream cheese, and erythritol. Process on medium/high speed until combined.
  • Add almond flour, salt egg, and vanilla extract. Process again on medium/high speed until creamy and a sticky, fluffy cookie dough form.
  • Transfer the cookie dough onto a piece of plastic wrap, wrap the dough, and chill for 30 minutes in the fridge.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and, using a tablespoon, form cookie dough balls.
  • Place each ball onto the prepared cookie sheet. Place your thumb in the center of the cookie dough ball and press the dough to form a thumbprint.
  • Add the sugar-free jam of your choice to fill about 3/4 of the thumbprint.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.
  • Cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling tack to completely cool to room temperature
  • The color of the jam may fade off in the oven. You can fix that by adding a thin layer of keto jam on top of the baked cookie to pop out the red color.

Storage

  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days in a sealed box.
  • Can be frozen in a sealed bag and thaw at room temperature 3 hours before serving.
Sweetener: don't use xylitol in this recipe. The cookies would be too soft.
Egg: I didn't try an egg replacement for this recipe, but a flax egg should work, providing a different texture and color.
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Nutrition Facts
Low-carb Keto Thumbprint Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 96.9 Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.3g13%
Saturated Fat 2.1g13%
Cholesterol 16.5mg6%
Sodium 45.2mg2%
Potassium 12.8mg0%
Carbohydrates 5.1g2%
Fiber 1.3g5%
Sugar 2.2g2%
Protein 2.9g6%
Vitamin A 104.1IU2%
Calcium 28.4mg3%
Iron 0.5mg3%
Net Carbs 3.8g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Keto thumbprint with raspberry jam

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    2 comments
  1. 5 stars
    Hi Carina
    Thanks for the easy and healthy thumbs print cookies
    I made it this morning and my hubby also loves it
    Great recipe for the Christmas
    Thanks and Merry Christmas

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