3 Ingredient Thumbprint Cookies

I love recipes with minimal ingredients.  These 3 ingredient thumbprint cookies are so easy to make!  They can be made in less than 20 minutes!

These 3 ingredient thumbprint cookies would be great for cookie swaps during the holidays.  I used raspberry jam in mine, but you can use any jam you like.

I think these thumbprint cookies would be great with my blueberry chia jam too.  Yum!  These healthy thumbprint cookies are flourless, vegan, gluten free and paleo.


3 ingredient thumbprint cookies - My Whole Food Life


If you have someone with a nut allergy in your house, you can use sunflower seed butter in this recipe as well.  Or if you prefer almond butter or peanut butter.  I think the peanut butter would give it a pbj&j feel.

Yummy!  I chose cashew butter because it is buttery in texture and mild in flavor.   I made my own cashew butter, but grinding up some cashews in the food processor for about 10 minutes.   You can also use store bought cashew butter if you like.

If you choose to make your own cashew butter, but the cashews in “pieces” vs whole cashews.  The pieces are often much cheaper. 🙂

3 Ingredient Thumbprint Cookies

3 Ingredient Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 12 min Serves 10 cookies     adjust servings

All you need is 3 ingredients and less than 20 minutes to make these cookies!



  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a food processor , combine the cashew butter and maple syrup.
  3. Once blended, drop cookies onto a lined baking sheet .
  4. I used a cookie scoop for mine.
  5. Once all the cookies are on the sheet, use your palm to flatten each one.
  6. Press your thumb into the center of each cookie.
  7. Fill the thumbprint with jam.
  8. Bake for about 10-12 minutes.
  9. Let cookies cool completely before removing from the baking sheet.


Recipe Notes

It's very important to let these cookies cool completely before removing them from the baking sheet. Store these cookies in the fridge. They should last a couple weeks that way. You can also freeze them for longer storage. Enjoy!

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37 thoughts to “3 Ingredient Thumbprint Cookies”

    1. A lot of your recipes call for maple syrup. A lot...... and I ran out. Agave is a little thinner, honey a little thicker. Have you ever substituted? Maybe coconut syrup.? Any tips until I can buy some?
      1. yeah i just got them out of the oven and tried to eat one right away and it fell apart, so yeah now i see why you have to wait for them to cool completely, lol
  1. Just pulled mine outta the oven! Can't wait for them to cool!!! I did 4 different fillings; chocolate, peanut butter & chocolate, jelly, jelly & peanut butter. Yumm! :D
      1. Melissa!! They were sooooo good! I added a few drops of vanilla. DH loved them, too... He's not vegetarian or vegan, and he's pretty 'particular'. ;) I think my fave was PB&J. I filled the thumbprint half & half, like a black & white. I love how the cashew butter is it's own batter, needing only sweetening and spice. So good! Kudos! :) I tweeted pics. @LindaNJO6 :)
        1. Yay! So glad you enjoyed them! I think on my next batch, I will try to add a tiny bit of almond extract. I think it would be yummy too!
  2. These are soooo delicious and fun to make with my daughter! I love the simplicity of 3 ingredients! We eat paleo-style, and while I sure do love and appreciate all those paleo bloggers out there, it's nice to try some recipes from a little different perspective. Thank you, Melissa!!
    1. You are so welcome Karen! I am so glad you enjoyed them. I am really a fan of using as few ingredients as possible in my recipes. :)
  3. I just made these with almond butter, it is impossible NOT to eat one when they first come out of the oven! nice and simple too, my kind of baking...
  4. I was just wondering when you add the maple syrup with the cashew butter does it form a cookie dough? I’m going to try this recipe for Christmas and I’m not sure if this will work thanks!

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