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Flourless Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

You’re only 10 ingredients away from these healthy and yummy Flourless Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies! Not only are these a must bake on the Holiday Cookie list, but they’re guilt free too!

Flourless Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

These days I feel like there are cookies galore. Pinterest is fully loaded with any recipe that suits your fancy! Who knew there were so many different Christmas cookie recipes out there!

I can remember making just a few growing up; the main ones were almond crescents, pecan clusters, dark chocolate cookies with a cherry filling, peanut butter cookies with the Hersey kiss in the middle, and christmas wreath cookies.

Steps to fill thumbprint cookies

Since being married I have added a few more to the list, Pistachio Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, Mint Dark Chocolate Crackle Cookies, and some fudge recipes. But I have always wanted to make the ever so famous thumbprint cookies.

I’m pretty sure that Thumbprint Cookies and Linzer Cookies are making a come back because they are all over the internet lately. So I thought I would first off, attempt to make these bad boys, and secondly add them to the mix you have to choose from. (evil laugh) You’re welcome!

Why are these cookies better than everyone else?

Flourless Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies on a plate

Well, that’s easy!

Um..  I made them! Duh! hehe!

More seriously … they are flourless and refined sugar free!

Say What?!?!?

Collage of Flourless Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies on a baking mat and on a plate

I know, right! You can thank me later!

These Flourless Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are made with regular oats and hazelnuts that are pulverized in the food processor (or blender if you don’t have a food processor), sweetened with maple syrup, and then loaded with fresh lemon flavor. Oh but I didn’t stop there, these are thumbprint cookies after all! I filled them with a delicious raspberry jam (with preserves because it’s way better that way) and then baked them till perfection!

What I love about these cookies is they aren’t overly sweet! They also have a nice texture to them because they aren’t made with flour.

Side view of Flourless Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies on a wooden board

Tips for Making these Cute Cookies

My one tip on making these Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies is the dough tends to be a little sticky. So when you’re rolling them into balls and pressing down in the center to make a “well” be sure to have a little water nearby. Clearing your fingers or palm with water helps the dough not stick. I actually use this same tip when I make our family Christmas Wreath Cookies. Works like a charm! 🙂

Bon Appetite my friends. I hope you enjoy this healthy and delicious cookie recipe from my messy kitchen to yours. 🙂 hehe

Close-up of Flourless Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies on parchment

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flourless lemon raspberry thumbprint cookies

Flourless Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 17 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Swedish


You’re only 10 ingredients away from these healthy and yummy Flourless Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies! Not only are these a must bake on the Holiday Cookie list, but they’re guilt free too!


  • 2 cups regular oats
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Add hazelnuts and regular oats to a food processor, blend until finely ground. (if you don’t have a food processor use a blender)
  3. Next add maple syrup, fresh lemon juice, vanilla extract, baking soda, lemon zest, and ground cinnamon. Blend until combined.
  4. Form 1″ balls of dough, gently press down to flatten and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Using a teaspoon or your thumb, gently press down in the center of the cookie to create a well.
  5. Place a small dollop of raspberry jam inside each “well”.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove baking sheet and let cookies sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove and serve!


  • Serving Size: 2 cookies
  • Calories: 162
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 218 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 6 g

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22 comments on “Flourless Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies”

  1. I just made these and love em! I used lime juice and zest instead of lemon and used almonds instead of hazelnuts because those are what I had on hand and they turned out delicious! I’ve already shared it with my sis which means that this recipe is definitely a keeper!

    Thanks so much for sharing it!

  2. Made these with some variations and totally blown away with how delicious they are! Used almonds instead of hazelnuts and used homemade chia raspberry jam and OMG they are already almost gone. Thanks! 🙂

    1. I know right! Seriously so good. The best part is they could almost be a breakfast cookie with the ingredient list! hurray for healthy and yummy cookies!

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    Cookin Canuck

    I love that you added hazelnuts (my favorite nuts) to these cookies. I have to make these!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    It is always a good thing if you can eat cookies guilt free! The raspberry and lemon is a great combination for these cookies!

  5. I’ve noticed that thumbprint cookies are really popular right now as well. I love that these don’t have any refined sugar in them

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    Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen

    You always make healthy taste so good! I am in total sugar overload this month so these cookies are in total order!

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    Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

    Jam thumbprints are some of my all-time favorite cookies! The fact that these are so much healthier than normal puts them at the top of my must-make baking list!

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    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    I am in love! While I am usually a chocolate-lover, there is something about thumbprint cookies that keeps drawing me in.

    1. I’m actually so with you on the chocolate front but these cookies totally can stand up to any chocolate cookie!

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    These look awesome! Using oats is such a great idea. I love anything that can make cookies a little healthier, especially this time of year!