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Keto Thumbprint Cookies

Keto Thumbprint Cookies

  • January 01, 2022
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Keto thumbprint cookies are tender almond flour shortbread cookies with a center of sugar-free keto raspberry jam. They are the perfect addition to your keto Christmas cookie platter, and a delicious keto dessert for any occasion.

Only 3.2g net carbs per serving!

Close up shot of a keto jam thumbprint cookie on a white plate with raspberries in the background.

Close up shot of a keto jam thumbprint cookie on a white plate with raspberries in the background.

Make no mistake, my dears, these are the original keto thumbprint cookies. I created this recipe back in 2015 for a friend’s 40th birthday party — I’ve always loved making treats for friends’ birthday.

But these cookies are fabulous for any occasion. They’re easy to make and that red raspberry center is so luscious and festive. And they’re pretty and elegant too!

And I’ve given the whole recipe an update, making it easier and even lower in carbs. How wonderful is that?

Keto Jam Thumbprints

The original recipe for the keto thumbprint cookies used my Sugar-Free Chia Seed Jam for the raspberry center. They are delicious that way and you can certainly still make them like that.

But many people don’t care for chia, either for the texture or for its estrogenic properties. It also made the filling quite dark.

When I was writing The Ultimate Guide to Keto Baking, I hit upon a new way to make a sugar-free jam filling. I used a little grassfed gelatin to firm it up and give it a jam-like consistency.

So I decided to update this recipe and put my new filling to the test. It works like a charm!

Spooning raspberry filling into the center of keto thumbprint cookies.

Spooning raspberry filling into the center of keto thumbprint cookies.

Ingredients for keto jam thumbprints

This keto cookie recipe only takes a handful of basic ingredients:

  • Almond flour – always use finely ground for cookies, as it gives them the best consistency.
  • Butter – make sure it’s well softened so that it combines well with the sweetener.
  • Sweetener – I recommend Swerve or another erythritol based sweetener for the best cookies.
  • Egg – make sure it’s room temperature so your butter doesn’t clump up!
  • Baking powder
  • Almond or vanilla extract
  • Raspberries – you can use fresh or frozen.
  • Gelatin – I always recommend good grassfed gelatin like Great Lakes.

Two keto thumbprint cookies on a white plate with raspberries all around.

Two keto thumbprint cookies on a white plate with raspberries all around.

How to make keto thumbprint cookies

The process is so simple and results in deliciously tender, sweet cookies with the sweet tart tang of raspberry jam. Here are my best tips for getting it right:

  1. Line your baking sheet. I prefer silicone liners as they protect the bottom of the cookies better from over-browning.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients. Break up any clumps in the almond flour.
  3. Beat the butter with the sweetener. The butter should be well softened, to the point where you can leave an indent easily with your finger. If it’s not, give it a few seconds in the microwave.
  4. Make sure your egg is room temperature. I always recommend this as it prevents the butter from clumping up again.
  5. Shape the cookies. You can use either your thumb or the back of a round teaspoon to make wells in the center.
  6. Bake until golden. You will need to reshape the wells a bit as the cookies puff up during baking.
  7. Prepare the keto jam. You simply need to boil the berries, add sweetener, and a bit of gelatin to help the filling thicken.
  8. Cool the filling. You want it thicker, so it doesn’t bleed into the cookies, but not so thick that it’s completely gelled.
  9. Spoon into the cookies. About half a teaspoon is perfect to fill the well of each thumbprint.
  10. Let them set. Give them an hour or so before digging in, so that the filling becomes the consistency of jam. But I won’t blame you for digging in early… I certainly did!

A white plate with two keto thumbprint cookies in front of a cup of tea.

A white plate with two keto thumbprint cookies in front of a cup of tea.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am allergic to almonds, can I make this with coconut flour?

No, I am afraid not. This cookie recipe would be disastrous and tasteless with coconut flour. You could try sunflower seed flour but the color will be quite different. You will also need to add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the dough, to offset the funny green reaction between sunflower seeds and the baking powder.

Can I use a different sweetener?

I highly recommend an erythritol based sweetener for the cookies, for the right consistency. Allulose or BochaSweet will make the cookies very soft and more cake-like. But they should work in the raspberry jam filling well enough.

What about making these keto thumbprint cookies dairy free?

That works too! Simply swap out the butter for softened coconut oil.

Can I use Knox gelatin instead of the grassfed?

You can, but Knox needs to be bloomed properly first, and you will need less of it. I suggest sprinkling 1 teaspoon (about half an envelope) over ¼ cup of water. Once it gels, add it to the hot raspberry mixture and whisk until dissolved.

I don’t want to use gelatin at all, is there something else?

You can try other keto thickeners, although I cannot guarantee the results. I recommend using glucomannan over xanthan gum, for a better consistency. Half a teaspoon should be enough.

A keto jam thumbprint resting against the saucer of a pink flowered teacup.

A keto jam thumbprint resting against the saucer of a pink flowered teacup.

More delicious keto raspberry recipes

Close up shot of a keto jam thumbprint cookie on a white plate with raspberries in the background.

Close up shot of a keto jam thumbprint cookie on a white plate with raspberries in the background.

Cookies

Filling

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Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 325F and line a large baking sheet with parchment or a silicone liner.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, baking powder, and salt.

  • In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sweetener until well combined and fluffy. Beat in the egg and almond extract. Beat in the almond flour mixture until the dough comes together.

  • Form the dough into scant 1 inch balls and place two inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press each ball down to about ½ inch high. Using your thumb or a teaspoon, press an indentation into the center of each cookie.

  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until the edges are just golden. Remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes, then gently redefine the well in the center of each cookie, as they will have puffed up a bit.

  • Let cool completely on the pan, and then dust lightly with powdered sweetener.

Filling

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the berries and the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook 5 minutes, until the berries are soft enough to mash with a wooden spoon.

  • Stir in the sweetener and gelatin and let cool until thickened but not gelled, about 20 minutes. Spoon about ½ teaspoon of the filling into the well of each cookie and let set 1 hour, until firm.

Nutrition Facts

Keto Thumbprint Cookies

Amount Per Serving (2 cookies)

Calories 203 Calories from Fat 162

% Daily Value*

Fat 18g28%

Sodium 95mg4%

Carbohydrates 5.8g2%

Fiber 2.6g10%

Protein 5.5g11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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