Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Thumbprint Cookies

thumbprints 002.resizedThumbprints are the perfect cookies to make for Valentine’s Day. They are sweet, colorful and easy to make with your kids. The dough is very similar to my Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies, and similarily don’t contain nuts. Many recipes for thumbprints involve rolling the dough balls in finely chopped nuts, which of course, we can’t do. But even if we didn’t have a nut allergy I would still prefer my thumbprints to be nut free. The pure shortbread flavor really comes out with the tiny bit of sweetness from the jam. Since my kids help me make these cookies, we also like to sprinkle a tiny bit of chocolate chips right in the middle indented part. Of course, I’ve gone through the trouble of melting dairy free chocolate to put in the middle as well, but this process is so much simpler and my kids really enjoy doing the sprinkling.

I also love to have my kids do the indentations in the cookies, either with their thumbs or index fingers. It’s another fabulous tactile activity, and lets me step back and watch them do the work…especially since I’m nine months pregnant and need the break! Also feel free to vary the fruit filling to whatever you and your kids like. I think this would also be a the perfect little treat to send in for your kids’ Valentine’s Day’s parties.

Enjoy and happy baking!

Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Thumbprint Cookies

1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar

2 sticks dairy free margarine

2 1/4 tsp. vanilla

2 c. flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. fruit preserves such as strawberry, raspberry, apricot (for filling)

1/2 c. dairy free chocolate chips (preferably miniature in size for filling)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the confectioners’ sugar with dairy free margarine until thoroughly combined. Add vanilla and mix well. Add flour and salt and mix for about a minute until cookie dough comes together into a ball. Scape down sides as needed.

Use a mini cookie scooper to measure out leveled balls of dough, and roll in between your hands to form a round ball. Place on cookie sheet about an inch apart and use your finger or thumb to make an indentation in the middle of the ball, pressing down slightly. Fill the indentation with 1/4 tsp. of fruit preserves or sprinkle with the dairy free chocolate chips. Bake 15-18 minutes or until just barely golden. Let cool completely on cookie sheet.

28 Responses

  1. these look awesome, I think we may have to try them! I hope they are just as yum with gluten free flour. I may try to sub the sugar with agave nectar, I’ll let you know if it works.

  2. Woow. Look so good. snow is coming into our area. We might get up to 1 to 2 feet of snow. This is a perfect treats to make with the kids if we are snow in during the weekend.
    Hope your area is nice and dry!!

  3. I am so excited to have come across your website! My 3 year old is allergic to milk and peanuts. I’ve been looking for some baking ideas and all of your recipes look so great.
    Can I ask what type of stick dairy free margarine you use? I have only used the tub Smart Balance Light which works well for some things, like banana bread but not so well for cookies, etc. I have not come across any ‘stick’ varieties in my dairy free shopping.

  4. Kelly these look great – my biggest problem now is trying to decide which treat to bring in to my son’s Valentines Day party! Cupcakes, cookies, whoopie pies – how to decide! Plus this type of cookie with the jam is my husbands favorite! Hope you’re feeling good!

  5. We are excepting a big snow storm in our area also so these sound like the perfect project for Nick and I tomorrow morning. I love the little chocolate chips in the center instead of melted chocolate.

  6. Thumbprints have always been a favorite of mine. I was going to make cut-out cookies for my son’s Valentine’s party, but I think I’ll try these instead. Looking forward to it!

  7. Thanks so much everyone! SOOOO excited to hear your feedback! I think these are the perfect treats to make on a snowy day. The dough comes together in a minute and the kids really feel like they are making the entire cookie themselves after they do the “thumbprint” and filling. Thanks too, Liz…I also love the chocolate chips in the center. It gives just the right amount of chocolate flavor and the kids have a fun time putting them in the hole. Susan and Carla, I think these are going to my son’s classroom too, just because they are so easy don’t require rolling and cutting. Julie, I use Fleischman’s UNSALTED ONLY margarine (the salted version contains dairy). I also like Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, available at Whole Foods. Have fun!!

  8. What would two sticks of margarine equal in cups?
    Thank you and sending you and baby number 5 happy and healthy vibes.

  9. I’d love to know if the recipe works GF too, Collette! Post your results if you have time. I’m definately in a cookie mood, Kelly. Can’t help it considering all of the goodies stacked up in the store for Valentine’s! I like your cookie choice since it sounds like I can substitute the preserves with a fruity/sugary concoction of my own. Plus it’s colorful! Thanks!

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  11. Have you ever thought about posting your dinner meal plans on your blog? I get my dessert/bread recipes from your blog for my nut free daughter and soy and dairy free son… but I am at such a loss for dinner recipes. I am going on 4 months now of being dairy and soy free and we are just eating the same boring things over and over again. All our favorites ( pizza, tacos, enchiladas etc have dairy in them). What do you feed your family for dinner? I have a list of my favorite food blogs where I used to get my dinner ideas but now that we are dairy and soy free this no longer works…

  12. These look yummy- just baked your oatmeal raisin cookies! Best oatmeal cookie we have ever had! We’ve had three snowstorms this week and have enjoyed baking delicious treats everyday!!

  13. About how many cookies will this recipe make? Trying to decide if it will be enough for my son’s preschool class….AND some for our family as well! 🙂

  14. Just made these cookie gems with light sifted spelt flour (my son is allergic to wheat and dairy). They’ve turned out beautifully. Thank you thank you thank you!

    Now when my wee boy wakes up I can tempt him with something yummy and wholesome. He has pneumonia and isn’t eating, but I’m hopeful the thumbprint cookies will have him interested!!

  15. Yum-o! Made these today…..the recipe made 33 cookies for me. So simple and yummy! Thanks!

  16. To Tanya (who was inquiring about soy/dairy)

    I would suggest looking up vegan cookbooks that use seitan. I think this is a mostly gluten-based, so doing anything for those w/ celiac is kind of a no-no. I would also look into raw cooking, which is bound to have more veggies/fruit, but without an allergic risk. I would also recommed vegan chili- no dairy or soy! I buy Simply Organic seasoning, but I’m not sure if it has soy….

    I know it must be so hard to cook for your daughter and son, but I’m sure that there will be a good way to nourish them both- without making it super hard on them OR you! 🙂

    good luck!

  17. They were so much fun to make and yummy too!!! My son wanted to eat them all and was happy when school was snowed out. Then he got to eat them all!!! lol everyone you better double this batch 🙂

    I got the book!!! I love the book!!! My son looked at me and said I can have all of the stuff in this book? it was priceless…

    ~moma of 7 year old dairy/egg allergy David~

  18. I made these when we had guests for the super bowl, and they were devoured! I was a little nervous b/c there is a bakery (Edgar’s) here that is known for it’s thumbprint cookies, and all of my guests know and love those thumbprints all too well. I was so happy these did not dissappoint!! Will make again and again!! Thanks Kelly! By the way, do these freeze well? We go to Edgar’s for lunch, but can’t get treats there anymore. I may keep a stash in the freezer to take when we go to Edgar’s so my boys can have a yummy treat that looks like it came from behind the glass!

  19. What a great and EASY recipe!! I have your cookbook and am sooooo thankful that you wrote it. I cannot tell you what a relief it is to find this entire community of moms developing recipes for their allergic children. When our son was first diagnosed with food allergies (we had him on nutramigen), the doctors had no direction for us. “Just don’t use milk or eggs and he’ll be fine.” Wow…just wow at how much easier said than done that is.

    I’ll be making these cookies for K’s easter party!

  20. I made these for Passover using matzah cake meal and potato starch for the flour and they turned out great! Thanks for the yummy recipies.

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  22. Thumbprint cookies, you did not specify all purpose flour or self rising, I would love to make this recipe. Thanks

  23. These darling little treats look extra-special if the dough balls are rolled in decorator’s sugar (it’s bit coarser than regular sugar) before the thumbprint is made and filled with jam! They are so delicious!

  24. This cookie recipe is excellent. My son is 2 and a half years old and he’s allergic to milk (casein, in fact), so these recipes are always welcome. Thank you again!

  25. I made these for the fam. when we ran out of rice milk and egg replacer. Everyone was nervous at first but they actually liked this recipe way better than the old one. Now it’s their new favorite!!