Healthy Thumbprint Cookies

While the saying “a cookie a day keeps the doctor away” is certainly cute and dear to my heart, I don’t actually think it’s true. At least not those oh so divine cookies that are loaded with butter, refined sugars, and processed flour. Nothing wrong with those cookies, but I want a cookie I can enjoy every single day guilt-free. Enter in these thick and chewy Almond Butter Healthy Thumbprint Cookies.

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No Refined-Sugar

This is a small batch recipe that will make approximately a dozen cookies. The perfect amount to enjoy on a weekly basis. The best part, they’re dairy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. Whoop whoop!

First, using coconut sugar and a touch of sea salt, each cookie is just sweet enough to hit that afternoon sugar craving without getting that dreaded processed sugar crash afterward. Next, a mix of almond flour and instant whole grain oats will fill you up and give you a sustainable energy boost.

A stack of healthy thumbsprint cookies filled with almond butter

Almond Butter Filling

Last, but not least, what every thumbprint cookie needs is a fun and delicious filling. Most thumbprint cookies use jam or jelly. I decided to go a little bit more of a healthy direction and used PB&Me powdered almond butter.

It’s a low-calorie and high protein nut butter alternative that mixes like a dream. All you have to do is add water to the powder, stir, and BAM…delicious and healthy almond butter.

A close up shot of a hand holding a healthy almond butter thumbprint cookie with a bite taken out of it

A teaspoon of prepared almond butter into each thumbprint cookie and you’ve got yourself the thickest and yummiest Healthy Thumbprint Cookies. Go make these and report back with how tasty they are!

If you want another healthy treat idea, head over to my Strawberry Lemon Protein Bites recipe.

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a row of staggered thumbprint almond butter cookies on a small plate

Healthy Thumbprint Cookies

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  • Author: Katie Stymiest
  • Total Time: 22 Min
  • Yield: 1 dozen 1x


Thick and chewy healthy almond butter thumbprint cookies that are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. A must-bake to kick that afternoon sugar craving.



Healthy Thumbprint Cookies

  • 2 tbsp. dairy-free salted butter, melted
  • ½ cup coconut sugar *
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup instant whole grain oats **
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ tsp. fine sea salt
  • 4 tbsp. powdered almond butter ***
  • 4 tbsp. water



Healthy Thumbprint Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and parchment line a cookie sheet.
  2. In the medium mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and the coconut sugar and stir until fully combined.
  3. Add in the egg and mix until fully combined and smooth.
  4. Stir in the oats, almond flour, and sea salt and combine until a dough forms. Set aside.
  5. In the small mixing bowl, combine the powdered almond butter and water and mix until smooth and creamy.
  6. With a 1 ½ tbsp. cookie scoop, scoop the dough into balls, and place on the parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  7. With the back of a teaspoon measuring spoon or your thumb, gently press down in the middle of each cookie dough ball to form a small indent.
  8. Fill each indent with approximately 1 tsp. of prepared almond butter.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes on the tray and then move onto a cooling rack to fully cool. Enjoy!
  11. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days.


  1. You can use regular brown sugar or stevia instead of coconut sugar.
  2. Ensure the whole grain oats are certified gluten-free if you are celiac.
  3. You can easily swap out the powdered almond butter and water for jarred nut butter or even jam.
  • Prep Time: 10 Min
  • Cook Time: 12 Min
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie
  • Calories: 137
  • Sugar: 8 Grams
  • Sodium: 152 Miligrams
  • Fat: 5 Grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1 Gram
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 Grams
  • Trans Fat: O Grams
  • Carbohydrates: 9 Grams
  • Fiber: 0 Grams
  • Protein: 4 Grams
  • Cholesterol: 95 Miligrams

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  1. This is a great and super easy recipe! I made it after a long day at work and even before dinner! 🙂 this is for sure a keeper!!!

    1. I’m so excited you enjoyed this recipe. Anything quick, easy, and yummy is always a keeper in my house too!

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