Vegan Thumbprint cookies are a classic holiday cookie that is easy to make a filled with delicious toppings like jam.
Growing up, many people love making thumbprint cookies. Then vegan thumbprint cookies allow for you to have the same fun traditions even if you don’t consumer eggs or dairy.
They are a classic holiday/Christmas cookie because of how fun and festive they can be and the present super nicely as a gift.
In addition, dairy free thumbprint cookies are a hit among even inexperienced bakers because they don’t require a lot of ingredients and are fairly easy to make.
While most people fill them with jams like grape or strawberry – the filling options are pretty wide open for possibilities.
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What ingredients do you need for vegan thumbprint cookies?
A recipe with minimal ingredients is always a winner in our books!
These dairy free thumbprint cookies need just 8 total ingredients – 7 for the cookies and 1 ingredient for the filling!
- vegan sugar
- vegan butter
- dairy free milk
- vanilla extract
- almond extract (optional)
- Strawberry jam (or another filling ingredients)
How do you make vegan thumbprint cookies?
You are going to start by preheating your oven to 350°F (177 °C).
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, add vegan butter and sugar and beat until creamed together (about 2-3 minutes). Scrape down the sides if needed.
Add in milk and both extracts and mix just until combined.
Add in flour and salt and use a spatula to combine.
Scoop out the dough and roll into a ball, about a tablespoon size. Use your thumb or the back of a 1/4 measuring teaspoon to make an indent into the cookie.
Place on parchment paper and repeat with remaining dough.
Bake cookies 11-13 minutes or until very lightly golden brown. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Then remove to a cooling rack. Fill cookies with jam or other desired topping.
Let cool completely before serving or storing in an air tight container.
What are other filling ideas for vegan thumbprint cookies?
Jam is the most popular filling idea for thumbprint cookies. You can use all one flavor or mix it up. You could use strawberry or grape.
Other ideas would be:
- preserves (like raspberry or apricot)
- peanut butter or other nut butters (almond for example) or even sunbutter
- vegan salted caramel filling
- vegan vanilla frosting or chocolate frosting
You can also drizzle chocolate sauce or powdered sugar.
Can you make these Top 8 Allergen Free thumbprint cookies?
The flour can be replaced with gluten free flour or almond flour. We like King Arthur Gluten Free measure for measure.
The vegan butter may contain soy, so make sure you grab a soy free version. We like Earth Balance soy free butter. It comes in a red tub.
Also you can omit the almond extract altogether and just use all vanilla extract.
Can you prep these vegan thumbprint cookies ahead?
You can make the cookies and store the cookies in an air tight container for up to 7 days.
What are other vegan cookies I should try?
Once you try these delicious vegan cookies, you will want to try more. These are some of favorites, and we know you will love them too !
- Incredible Vegan Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie
- Easy Vegan Sugar Cookies
- Vegan M&M Cookies
- Vegan Oatmeal Cookies
- Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
- Bonus: Try our Vegan Ice Cream sandwiches
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Vegan Thumbprint Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350°F (177 °C).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, add vegan butter and sugar and beat until creamed together (about 2-3 minutes). Scrape down the sides if needed.
- Add in milk and both extracts and mix just until combined.
- Add in flour and salt and use a spatula to combine.
- Scoop out the dough and roll into a ball, about a tablespoon size. Use your thumb or the back of a 1/4 measuring teaspoon to make an indent into the cookie.
- Place on parchment paper and repeat with remaining dough.
- Bake cookies 11-13 minutes or until very lightly golden brown.
- Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Then remove to a cooling rack.
- Fill cookies with jam or other desired topping (see post for ideas).
- Let cool completely before serving or storing in an air tight container.
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