Thumbprint cookies make the holidays merry and bright with their ruby red, raspberry jam filled centers and shortbread-like texture. These buttery soft, holiday classics are delicately flavored with vanilla and lightly drizzled with a sweet glaze.

Our thumbprint cookie recipe incorporates Cup4Cup Multipurpose Gluten-Free Flour. This holiday favorite is the perfect cookie for all to enjoy at your next cookie exchange; they won't believe it's gluten-free!



Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies With Raspberry Jam

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 cups Cup4Cup Multipurpose Gluten-Free Flour
  • granulated sugar, for rolling
  • 1 large jar raspberry or strawberry jam

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk


Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies With Raspberry Jam

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix sugar with butter and shortening until creamy. Throughout the mixing process, scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary with a spatula.

  2. Add eggs and beat well, followed by the sour cream and vanilla extract. Mix on medium speed until the batter is smooth and free of lumps.

  3. Next, add the salt, baking soda, baking powder, and gluten-free flour one cup at a time, mixing after each addition until fully incorporated.

  4. Once a dough has formed, cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to overnight.

  5. Remove the chilled cookie dough from the refrigerator. Using your hands, shape the batter into dough balls. Roll each ball in a small bowl of granulated sugar until the surface is completely coated in sugar.

  6. Place 12 dough balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using the back of a teaspoon or your thumb, firmly press the center of each cookie, to hold the jam. Next, spoon jam into each thumbprint/indent, about 3/4 of a teaspoon.

  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and the jam is set. Allow the cookies to rest on the cookie sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack to glaze.

Vanilla Glaze

  1. While the thumbprint cookies cool, prepare the vanilla glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and milk. For a thicker glaze, add more powdered sugar. For a thinner glaze, add more milk to thin it.

  2. When the cookies have slightly cooled, drizzle the vanilla glaze on the tops. Enjoy!


Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies With Raspberry Jam

  • large stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment
  • spatula
  • plastic wrap
  • small bowl
  • baking sheet
  • cooling rack
  • medium bowl
  • whisk

Recipe Notes

You can purchase your Cup4Cup Multipurpose Gluten-Free Flour online.

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Feel free to swap out gluten-free flour with all-purpose flour.

Gluten-Free Baking With Cup4Cup

gluten free thumbprint cookies
Brittany Baxter

Finding gluten-free holiday treats can be a challenge, but making them doesn't have to be with Cup4Cup gluten-free flours and baking mixes.

Developed by Thomas Keller’s acclaimed restaurants, Cup4Cup multipurpose flour is a gluten-free flour and the first 1:1 substitution for all-purpose and wheat flour for most of your baking adventures. Cup4Cup flour is superior in taste and texture when compared to other gluten-free flour blends on the market. Unlike many gluten-free flours, Cup4Cup multipurpose flour will not leave your baked goods with a gritty or firm-like texture.

Cup4Cup offers several baking mixes for those looking to whip up some gluten-free holiday desserts lined up on their Christmas baking list this season. Get in the holiday spirit with the warm and spicy flavors of cinnamon and ginger by making some classic gingerbread cookies, or festive chocolately red velvet peanut butter blossoms using Cup4Cup multipurpose gluten-free flour.

Cup4Cup multipurpose flour is the answer to all of your Christmas holiday cookie ideas! Don't forget to pick up their gluten-free pie crust mix this holiday season if a traditional apple-pie or pumpkin pie is on the menu after your Christmas feast.

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