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Keto Thumbprint Cookies (Best Keto Christmas Cookies)

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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!

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.

Ingredients

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.

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.

Keto thumbprint with raspberry jam

Chill the dough

This cream cheese thumbprint cookie dough is very soft, and you must chill it for at least 30 minutes.

Wrap the dough into plastic wrap and chill in the fridge while making my keto jam recipe.

Keto thumbprint cookies

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

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.

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

Keto thumbprint with raspberry jam

Baking The Christmas Cookies

Finally, preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C) 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 temperatures or too long.

You know they are ready when they get lightly browned on the side.

Sugar free thumbprint cookies

Storage Instructions

These keto raspberry thumbprint cookies can be stored 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 them on the countertop a few hours before serving.

Keto thumbprint with raspberry jam

These are the most delicious and beautiful Christmas cookies to add to your cookie platter.

If you want to create an outstanding holiday cookie platter, add some of the keto cookie recipes below to the mix:

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Keto thumbprint cookies

Keto Thumbprint Cookies

3.8gNet Carbs
An easy keto cream cheese cookie recipe with almond flour and raspberry thumbprint filling.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
chill 12 minutes
Total: 34 minutes
Yield: 18 cookies
Serving Size: 1 cookie
4.95 from 556 votes

Ingredients

This recipe may contain Amazon or other affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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 rack 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.

Notes

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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Serving Size: 1 cookie
Yield: 18 cookies
Serving: 1cookieCalories: 96.9kcal (5%)Carbohydrates: 5.1g (2%)Fiber: 1.3g (5%)Net Carbs: 3.8gProtein: 2.9g (6%)Fat: 8.3g (13%)Saturated Fat: 2.1g (13%)Cholesterol: 16.5mg (6%)Sodium: 45.2mg (2%)Potassium: 12.8mgSugar: 2.2g (2%)Vitamin A: 104.1IU (2%)Calcium: 28.4mg (3%)Iron: 0.5mg (3%)
Carine Claudepierre

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Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook and many ebooks, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I have an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness obtained in 2014 from Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health). I'm passionate about sharing all my easy and tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My expertise in the field comes from my background in chemistry and years of following a keto low-carb diet. But I'm also well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking since my husband is vegan.

I now eat a more balanced diet where I alternate between keto and a Mediterranean Diet

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweet As Honey. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

All my recipes are at least triple tested to make sure they work and I take pride in keeping them as accurate as possible.

Browse all my recipes with my Recipe Index.

I hope that you too find the recipes you love on Sweet As Honey!

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    29 Thoughts On Keto Thumbprint Cookies (Best Keto Christmas Cookies)
  1. 5 stars
    I have just started to bake using almond flour and gave these cookies a try and we were pleasantly surprised — they were delish. They are quite soft so you either eat them in one bite or over a plate! Due to the nature of the almond flour, they are a bit grainy and not as smooth as shortbreads, but they are still delish. I topped them with store-bought sugar free raspberry jam. The recipe is very easy to follow and I love that you offer metric as well as US customary measurements as I always use metric when baking. I will definitely be making these again.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe looks so delicious. I was wondering what jam you used in the pictures? Do you have recipe for this exact one?
    I have tried raspberry and strawberry keto jams but they never end up looking like this. They are not jelly like but more like cooked berries.
    I would really appreciate if you could confirm the jam recipe you used 🙂
    Thanks

  3. Looks delicious and pretty for Christmas. Do they turn really soft at room temp? I’d like to make them for Christmas Eve but they would be sitting out for 2 to 3 hours at room temperature

  4. Hello, it really looks yummy, I’ll try to get the raspberry, but in case I can’t find them (where’s I live is very difficult to get them) can I use strawberry’s? Also maybe I miss it, how many cookies for recipe?
    Thank you

  5. 5 stars
    These were easy to make and I really liked them. I’m new to watching my carbs, and I’m glad I can find things to bake because I love baking.

  6. 5 stars
    Carine thank you for this recipe, I did it and I can’t stop eating, omg! I barely can wait to try the other recipes!

  7. I am working on the recipe and noticed that it needs a food processor, I have a blender. Will the recipe work with the blender or is the food processor needed?

      • 5 stars
        Thank you so much for answering my question. I tried it with the blender and yes it was hard to remove but I got it done and they came out great. This will be a regular treat for my family.

  8. 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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