These Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies are the ultimate cookie recipe! They are made with only 7 clean, real food ingredients, no eggs and are ready in under 30 minutes!
You can't go wrong with these Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies because they are a favorite that everyone will love.
Peanut butter "thumbprint" cookies are also known as "Peanut Butter Blossoms" or "Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies" because in that version a chocolate Hershey's Kiss is placed in the center of the cookie.
But no matter what you call them, they are a chocolate + peanut butter lovers dream come true!
I based them off my Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Caramel Thumbprint Cookies, which used my Vegan Caramel Sauce as the filling (yum!).
So to change things up just a little bit, these flourless, egg-free peanut butter cookies are filled with a chocolate + peanut butter filling (double yum!) and then drizzled with more of the same chocolate + peanut butter filling.
You can never have too much chocolate + peanut butter!
This is a one bowl cookie recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to make these cookies, including baking time, and they are especially good right out of the refrigerator after the filling has firmed up and is nice and thick.
Is this Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookie Recipe Healthy?
In my opinion, yes!
Let's compare it to traditional, and even homemade versions, which contain the typical white flour, white sugar, eggs, butter, etc. and ingredient lists like these:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Homemade Thumbprint Cookies:
Typical Ingredients: 1 3/4 cup white flour, 1 1/2 sticks butter, 2/3 cup white sugar, 1 egg
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Panera Bread Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies:
Ingredients: Almond Thumbprint Cookie (Unsalted Butter with Natural Flavors (Pasteurized Cream [Milk], Natural Flavors), Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid). Raspberry Filling (Raspberries, Cane Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Organic Beet Juice), Sugar, Almond Flour, Powdered Sugar, Modified Corn and Tapioca Starch, Salt, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Powdered Sugar
My healthier version is not only made without white flour but it's vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, grain-free, flourless and contains no refined sugar. They can also be adapted to be Keto-Friendly (see substitution tips below).
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Snickerdoodle Cookies, Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Fudgy Chocolate Avocado Cookies, Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Lemon Chia Seed Cookies or my Clean Eating Cookbook with healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
Ingredients Needed To Make Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies:
5 Fast Facts About Peanuts (Peanut Butter):*
- excellent source of vitamin E
- high in folate
- contains tryptophan which helps fight depression
- good source of fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Flour):*
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:*
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Vanilla Bean Powder:*
- high in anti-oxidants
- can help reduce inflammation
- contains small traces of minerals
- 1 tablespoon contains 2 g of fiber
5 Fast Facts About Himalayan Pink Salt:*
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
How Do You Make Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies?
This is a really simple recipe that has a few quick steps:
- Prepare the cookies: First, you will add all the ingredients for the cookies to a mixing bowl and stir everything together. Then you'll take out a spoonful at a time and form the mixture into a small cookie shape and place it on your cookie sheet. Before baking them, you'll make a "thumbprint" into the center of the cookie that will hold the chocolate + peanut butter filling. Once you're through with all the cookies, you'll put them in the oven for about 25 minutes.
- Prepare the chocolate + peanut butter filling: While you cookies are baking, you can start working on the filling. Just add all the ingredients for the filling to a small saucepan and melt on lowest heat until it's creamy and smooth. It will need to be completely cooled before you add them to the cookies, so if you make the filling right after you put the cookies in the oven, it should be cooled off by the time the cookies are ready.
- Assembly: When the cookies and filling have cooled off, now you get to put a spoonful of the filling into the center of each cookie. You may have to re-do the thumbprint depending on how fluffy they got during baking. After you've filled each cookie with the filling, drizzle the remaining chocolate + peanut butter mixture over the top of the cookies.
- Refrigerate: You'll want to place your cookies in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to let the chocolate filling firm before enjoying them.
Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookie Ingredient Substitutions and Tips:
Maple Syrup: You can try to substitute organic date nectar or coconut nectar as a maple syrup replacement. If you want to make this a Keto-Friendly dessert, try using a liquid sugar-free sweetener.
Chocolate Chips: I exclusively use Enjoy-Life semi-sweet mini chocolate chips in all my recipes, but you could use another brand or sugar-free chocolate chips to make this a Keto-Friendly dessert.
Coconut Oil: This is used as a replacement for butter and I prefer to use "refined" coconut oil instead of "unrefined" coconut oil because it doesn't smell or taste like coconut at all.
Vanilla Bean Powder: I prefer to use organic vanilla bean powder because the flavor is more intense, but you can substitute pure vanilla extract in the same amount.
Himalayan Pink Salt: I prefer to use Himalayan pink salt in all my recipes, but you can substitute with sea salt or regular table salt.
Can I Make These Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies Keto-Friendly?
Yes! You can substitute the maple syrup with a sugar-free liquid sweetener and the Enjoy Life semi-sweet mini chocolate chips with sugar-free chocolate chips.
Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan (with a heavy focus on Medical Medium® compliant) and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.