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Almond Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies {vegan}

Standing here in front of the keyboard, thinking about how to describe these pretty little gems to you, on comes a crushing case of writer’s block. All I can think of is going to the kitchen and helping myself to a couple more of these addicting almond cranberry thumbprint cookies. Help!

Almond Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies on plate | Letty's Kitchen

Almond cranberry thumbprint cookies are some of the easiest holiday cookies to make–7 ingredients dirty just 2 bowls, one for maple syrup and  oil, another for the flours, cinnamon, and salt. The finger indents are filled with cranberry jam, which is simply a thickened cranberry sauce.


Made with equal parts almond flour, oats, and flour, naturally-sweetened with maple syrup and a judicious pinch of cinnamon, egg and dairy free, these ruby-jeweled wholesome cookies will charm their way into your life.

Almond Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies on parchment paper

These thumbprints have a rustic quality and at the same time strike you as dainty, with that sweet-tart jam peeking out of the centers. I swear after a few days in an airtight container, after the moisture from the jam softens the dough, they taste even better. Which also makes them good make-ahead keepers.

Almond Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies on plate horizontal
You talked me into it. I’ll just sneak around the corner and have one more…

Almond Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies recipe details:

  • If you’ve got cranberry sauce leftover from Thanksgiving dinner but it’s a bit runny, reduce the sauce with a quick stovetop simmer.
  • This recipe includes directions for making a small batch of thicker (less water) cranberry sauce.
  • You can fill thumbprint cookies with raspberry or apricot jam, or whatever you have on hand.
  • No almond flour? Grind almonds in the blender or food processor along with the oats.
  • Feel free to substitute gluten-free flour for the white whole wheat flour.
  • Adapted from Natural Foods Cookbook by Mary Estella.

Almond Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies with cookies on left

You might also enjoy these gluten-free chocolate chip almond cookies.

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Nutrition Facts
Almond Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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