Apricot Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Everyone needs a good gluten free cookie recipe that can be made in a flash, and this one definitely fits the bill. Better still, you can fill it with any fruit or preserve you wish. Or skip the fruit altogether and have a lovely almond cookie perfect for snack time, teatime, or dessert.

Apricot Almond Thumbprint Cookies 

If you love almond flavor, give these light, nutty cookies a try. They take minutes to prepare, but don’t skip freezing the dough; this step prevents the buttery cookies from flattening out too much in the oven.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 15 cookies
Calories 192 kcal


  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature but not too soft
  • 3 ounces gluten-free almond paste (approx. 4-1/2 tablespoons, we like this one)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup white rice flour
  • 3/4 cup superfine almond flour (we like this one)
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 to 2 apricots peeled and cut into small pieces or 1 apricot peeled and mashed with fork, or 2 tablespoons apricot preserves, optional, for garnish


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350F.

  2. In a bowl, mix together the butter, almond paste, sugar, eggs, and white rice flour. Add the almond flour and mix until well combined. Freeze the batter in the bowl for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place the sliced almonds in a small bowl.
  4. Using your hands, roll a 1-tablespoon portion of dough into a ball. Roll it in the sliced almonds to coat, then place the ball on the prepared baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. Repeat with all the dough.
  5. Using your thumb, press a shallow well into the center of each doughball, then fill it with a small piece of apricot or dollop of mashed apricot or apricot jam.
  6. Bake until the edges are golden, about 18 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
Apricot Almond Thumbprint Cookies 
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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