Gluten Free Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Shashi Charles | Savory Spin

Gluten Free Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are rich and chocolatey. Fill the thumbprint however you like!

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Most nights, I don't think I dream. However, the few times I do, I hardly ever seem to remember what it was I dreamed about. I think I can use one hand to count the number of dreams that I can remember vividly.

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One such dream happened a few nights ago; in my dream, I woke up and came to the kitchen to get the coffee brewing - much like I do every morning; when I stopped, shocked to see someone in my kitchen. At first, I wasn't sure I recognized the person - but then - then it became clear that the person in my kitchen was a smiling, younger version of my dad. He was standing at my microwave in a red plaid shirt, reheating his coffee, and smiling.

Maybe it's because we are coming up on the anniversary of his death, that I remembered that dream... or that I even dreamed that dream. Between my mom, sister and I, I am supposed to be the strong one, the one who holds it together and doesn't fall apart, the one who can always manage to put the fact that he isn't suffering anymore, over the fact that he is missed.

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But, appearances are sometimes just appearances. I think about my dad often, I miss his gentle spirit, his smiling face, his ability to always look for the good in people and always ask them how they were doing. And, his unwavering love of all things sweet!

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So, in honor of his love of dessert after dinner and after lunch, and, sometimes even after breakfast, I made these thumbprint cookies.

Now, these are not as buttery and melt-in-your-mouth as traditional thumbprint cookies, nor do they have "prints" of jam. Heck, I didn't even use my thumb to make the prints (I used a spoon). These are instead gluten free, oat filled, cookies - made with coconut oil instead of butter, and flavored with anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate and Saigon cinnamon. I would let my daughter eat these after dinner or after lunch or even after breakfast - actually - these were breakfast this morning! 

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Gluten Free Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

    15 Servings


For the Cookie Dough:
  • 2 cups Certified Gluten Free Oats, Ground
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Saigon Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil, Melted
For the Topping:
  • 5 tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate, Melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grind oats in a blender or food processor to make a flour.
  3. Melt coconut oil into liquid using stovetop or microwave.
  4. Combine ground oats, brown sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, eggs, and melted coconut oil in a large bowl. Mix them together well.
  5. Form the dough into circles on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.
  6. Flatten circles slightly, and using a spoon, make indents in circles.
  7. Spoon peanut butter OR melted chocolate into "thumbprints" created by the spoons.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  9. Let cool and drizzle with more melted chocolate, if desired.


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Author: Shashi Charles
Recipe Yields: 15 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cookie
Servings Per Recipe 15

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 124
Calories 256

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
  Saturated Fat 8g
Sodium 106mg
Total Carbohydrate 24g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 12g
Protein 5g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Shashi Charles

About Shashi

Shashi comes up with all sorts of happy, healthy treats on her blog, Savory Spin. She's our resident gluten free desserts fanatic, and things are gettin' yummy.

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