I can’t wait for you to try these healthy holiday Jam Thumbprint Cookies. They have the flavors of a Linzer Torte (raspberry and almond) and make the perfect classic Christmas Cookie! Jam Thumbprint Cookies on a platter

I originally shared this recipe on December 2, 2014. I have updated the images and some of the text today.

Are you braced for December? I feel like this month is going to just fly by. I took the week before Thanksgiving off this year, so mentally the holiday season kicked into super drive much earlier in November than it would have normally. But even with this “extra time” (is there such a thing?) everyone still feels a bit rushed about getting all of the holiday shopping, baking and festivities in. My neighbor already got her tree! Sheesh, I am already feeling behind.

That’s kind of a bummer isn’t it? I wish we could just slow down and enjoy. I love turning on the Christmas carols, decorating the tree, baking batches of cookies. I am going to do my best to stay chill and savor every moment. I have been really organized so far, so hopefully I will be able to continue to fit it all in, while still breathing and enjoying the season.

Jam Thumbprint Cookies and raspberry jam with a spoon on a dark baking sheet

I have two Christmas cookie parties on my calendar this month. So for the sake of time and saving my sanity, I am thinking these Jam Thumbprint Cookies will be great for both crowds.

Thumbprint Cookies Inspired by Linzer Torte

  • Linzer Torte is a classic Austrian dessert with short lattice topped nut crust and sweet jam inside. Here in the states it is common to find raspberry jam and almond crust, though more classic is hazelnut and currant.
  • For this cookie recipe, I made a super easy almond cookie dough by grinding the almonds in the food processor.
  • To the flour mixture, I also added in some whole-grain flour for added fiber. The flavor of the almonds and jam help mask any wheaty flavor, and because I used white whole-wheat flour, the color was not affected.
  • Before baking I added a dollop of raspberry jam. The best way to do this was to stir the jam until it was no longer holding its own shape. Then I spooned it into a re-sealable plastic bag and cut jut the very tip of the corner off. I gently piped the jam into the wells of each cookie.
  • The final stats: These delicious Jam Thumbprint Cookies come in at 110 calories each, so they are not exactly health food, but I think both groups will give them the okay. This is the holiday season after all!

Jam Thumbprint Cookies on a platter surrounded by baking ingredients, red and white twine and gift tags

How To Make Jam Thumbprint Cookies Healthier

  • Fat: These cookies taste really nutty and rich from the almonds and butter in the dough. All told, I used a half cup of butter, which is half of what some recipes use. Still it is notably quite a bit for one of my recipes. I decided a half cup of butter is a-okay mostly because it helps make the texture more like a classic thumbprint cookie. If you like to use coconut oil, please give it a try. As written, they come in at 6 grams total fat, 3 of which are saturated.
  • Sugar: I used Turbinado sugar to coat the outside of the cookies, and it gives them crunch. You get about 8 grams of sugar per cookie, which is less than a lot of “healthy” cereals on the market. {The recommended daily max for added sugar is about six teaspoons for women.}
  • Flour: I also made them healthier by using some whole-wheat flour instead of entirely all-purpose. Using whole-grain flour give adds fiber which most Americans need.
  • Almonds: Grinding the almonds up in the food processor is so easy, and it replaces some of the flour in the ratio. Not only do the almonds give the cookies more flavor, but they add fiber and heart healthy fats.
  • Jam: I used seedless raspberry preserves. See notes above about stirring and piping to create the cleanest margins.


Jam Thumbprint Cookies on a platter with baking ingredients and cookies on a dark baking sheet in the background

More Healthy Christmas Cookies

If you love decorating Christmas cookies, these Paleo Almond Flour Gingerbread Men Cookies are so adorable, aren’t they? 

Cranberry Crumb Bars, hands down one of my favorite baking recipes at Christmastime. They’re healthy enough to call them a snack too, if you want.

If you grew up in New England, you’ve probably had a Soft and Spicy Hermit Cookies. The flavos of spice and molasses are just what this season ordered!

These Apple Walnut White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are like a chewy oatmeal cookie wearing it’s fancy Christmas dress! 

S’mores Thumbprint Cookies made with sweet potatoes! Omg, it’s like candied yams and smores had a cookie baby! 

Thanks so much for reading. If you make this recipe, please come back and leave a star rating and review. It really helps! Or share your creation on instagram and tag me #healthyseasonal

Happy Cooking!


Jam Thumbprint Cookies on a platter surrounded by baking ingredients and cookies on a cooling rack

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


Jam Thumbprint Cookies made with almond cookies and raspberry jam- flavors just like a Linzer Tart! They are made with whole-grain flour and just enough butter to make them rich and indulgent tasting for a Christmas cookie!



  • 3 ½ ounces almonds (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons plus ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • ¼ cup turbinado sugar
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry jam


  1. Arrange two oven racks evenly spaced in the upper and lower third of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two large baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. Place almonds and 2 tablespoons brown sugar in food processor. Process until the nuts are finely ground, about 40 seconds. Add whole-wheat flour, flour, baking powder and salt and pulse to combine.
  3. Beat butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixture until smooth. Add the remaining ½ cup brown sugar and beat until combined. Scrape sides, add egg, vanilla and almond extract and beat until completely incorporated. Add flour mixture and mix until dough forms.
  4. Roll dough into 24 balls. Roll balls in turbinado and place on the prepared baking sheets, spacing evenly. Press gently down in the center with thumb or finger to create a slight indent. Whisk jam in a medium bowl until smooth. Pipe from a resealable bag with corner cut off (or use a pastry bag or spoon) filling wells with jam into the center of each.
  5. Bake, swapping the baking sheets half-way, until the cookies are just lightly golden and set up, 12 to 13 minutes total.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 110
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 92 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Here are the original images associated with this blog post.


a bunch of cookies on marble in a tin


Christmas cookie on marble with sugar


cookies on a black sheet pan and on a table