Peanut Butter Chocolate Thumbprints

The holidays are here and everyone has cookies on the brain.  On Facebook, I recently asked what kind of cookie recipes you would like to see.  Many of you requested thumbprints.  Gluten free thumbprints to be exact.  Well I hope you enjoy this recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Thumbprints. Peanut Butter Chocolate Thumbprints - My Whole Food Life My husband said that these were the most delicious cookies I have made in a while.  Of course he is a big fan of chocolate and peanut butter!  You can also make this recipe using almond butter or sunflower butter for a nut free option. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Thumbprints

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time PT10-12M Serves 18 cookies     adjust servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside .
  3. In a saucepan , on medium heat, combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, applesauce, coconut oil and milk.
  4. Stir until well combined
  5. Add peanut butter mixture to a mixing bowl .
  6. Slowly add in the dry ingredients while mixing. You may need to add bit more milk if the dough looks dry.
  7. Roll dough into balls and place them onto a lined baking sheet .
  8. Using your palm, press each cookie flat.
  9. Using your thumb, press a little hole in the center of each cookie.
  10. Cut chocolate bar into small squares and press a piece of chocolate into the center of each cookie.
  11. Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes.


Recipe Notes

Store cookies in the fridge so they last longer. They can also be frozen.

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22 thoughts to “Peanut Butter Chocolate Thumbprints”

  1. couple questions- How many cookies did you get out of this recipe and wondering if coconut sugar could be subbed for the sucanat?
  2. These look so delicious! Thank you for sharing all your gluten free recipes I love this website! I shall have to try this recipe out at a gathering tomorrow several of the people are gluten intolerant! Thank you so much
  3. The town I live in has a very small grocery store! Not too many healthy things. Can I substitute quinoa flour or coconut flour or oat bran. I have also garbanzo bean flour rye flour and flaxseed meal just wondering if I could substitute any of that ?. Thank you
  4. I made these today, and they are fantastic! I got 19 out of my batch, and they were 176 calories each, via analysis. I love that they are gluten-free and vegan!
  5. These were a big hit with the family last night! I subbed a mashed banana for the apple sauce and my nut butter was a mix of cashews and peanuts because that's what I had on hand (I found the banana tip here on another recipe). Thanks

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