Gluten Free Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

Even on a diet, I don’t deny myself goodies. Just one of these delicious shortbread cookies can go a long way. Shortbread cookies are made to almost fall apart when you bite into them. However, I like them a little firmer than that. I think these are just perfect. The jam is just icing on the cake*! No. It’s jam on the cookie!

Gluten Free Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies


Yield: Makes 3 dozen cookies

Gluten Free Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

A tender, buttery, gluten free shortbread cookie filled with jam during the baking cycle. This makes the jam chewy, just the way it should be.


  • 1-1/2 cups Carla's Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend Recipe (I used cornstarch, not tapioca flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 12 Tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract (or more vanilla)
  • Gluten-free jam of choice


  1. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on high speed until light in color and weight, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the egg and extracts of choice; beat on medium speed just until combined.
  4. Add the flour mixture a little at a time, and beat on low speed just long enough to combine.
  5. Form the dough into a log, about 2 inches round, and wrap in plastic wrap for 2 - 4 hours.
  6. When you're ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F.
  7. Unwrap and slice dough into cookies. Transfer to a parchment or silicone-mat-lined baking sheet. (The mat is preferred.) Form dough into nice shapes. Using your thumb push into the dough of each cookie. Fill with your favorite gluten-free jam. Bake for 12 - 14 minutes.
  8. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

*”Icing on the cake” is an idiom meaning an attractive but inessential addition or enhancement.

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