Chocolate Almond Thumbprint Cookies are the ultimate healthy treat. They're soft like shortbread, filled with chocolate, and are made without grains or refined sweeteners. You'll never guess they're a healthy cookie recipe.

A closeup of a plate of Chocolate Almond Thumbprint Cookies.

Are you guys ready for an absolutely AMAZING cookie recipe? I thought so! But let's not tell anyone that these delicious little almond thumbprint cookies are made with healthy ingredients. It'll be our secret.

And it will be an easy secret to keep. When I passed one of these to my handsome man I didn't mention that they were healthy cookies. If I had he would have decided before taking a bite that he wasn't going to like them. Only after he raved about them and ate two more in a row did I let him in on the secret. (Obviously feeling a little smug while I did.)

What makes these almond thumbprint cookies the best

  • They are soft and buttery and reminiscent of shortbread.
  • With only a teaspoon of coconut sugar per cookie, they still manage to be sweet enough to cure your sweet tooth and avoid being cloyingly sweet.
  • Filled with softened dark chocolate that is absolutely dreamy.
  • They are literally the easiest cookies to make ever. ← True claim.
  • These little balls of cookie heaven can be dressed up for all the seasons. A few pink heart sprinkles for Valentine's Day. Some red and green sprinkles for Christmas. Orange and black for Halloween or pastels for spring.
  • They are grain-free, gluten-free cookies. Easily vegan (if you use vegan butter) and paleo, too.
  • But the best part is that they are so deliciously addictive.

Spooning chocolate into Chocolate Almond Thumbprint Cookies.

How to make almond flour thumbprint cookies

I wasn't joking when said these are the easiest cookies to make. Here's what you're going to do:

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add the butter and vanilla and mix (using your hands) until a dough forms.
  3. Roll into balls, press down the centers with your thumb (thumbprint cookies!) and bake.

See how easy that was?

Once the cookies have cooled, you'll melt a little chocolate with coconut oil and pour it into the thumbprints you made.

Chocolate Almond Thumbprint Cookies on a tray.

Chocolate thumbprint cookies variations

This recipe is super easy to tweak to make your own fun creations. Here are a few ideas to get you going:

  • Peppermint: add a few drops of peppermint oil to the chocolate
  • Candy cane: sprinkle the tops with crushed candy canes
  • Extra almond: add a few drops of almond extract to the dough and sprinkle the tops with toasted sliced almonds
  • Orange: Add orange extract to the chocolate and decorate with candied orange peels.

Which variation do you want to try first?

A hand holding a Chocolate Almond Thumbprint Cookies with a bite taken out of it.

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A closeup of a plate of Chocolate Almond Thumbprint Cookies.

Chocolate Almond Thumbprint Cookies

  • Author: Kristen Stevens | The Endless Meal
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup softened butter (or vegan butter, if needed)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (paleo or vegan, as needed)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • Shredded coconut, to garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the almond flour, coconut sugar, tapioca starch, and salt. Add the butter and vanilla and mix until a dough forms. I find using my hands is easiest.
  3. Roll into 12 balls and place them on a baking sheet. Make an indent in each with your thumb.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. When you remove them from the oven, you may need to push the indents in a little with a spoon. Let them cool for 5 minutes then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Melt the chocolate with the coconut oil over low heat. Pour the chocolate into the thumbprints then sprinkle a little coconut on top. Let the chocolate set before storing the cookies.


A plate of Chocolate Almond Thumbprint Cookies.

Chocolate Almond Thumbprint Cookies on a tray with coconut sprinkled over top of them.