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Chewy Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Spiced Pear Jam (Vegan)


Our soft and buttery thumbprint cookies filled with a delicious homemade spiced pear jam will satisfy your craving for a slightly chewy and ever so sweet treat. The pear jam is truly out of this world, and every time I make my thumbprint cookie recipe these cookies fly out of the cookie jar in a flash.


  • Spiced pear jam
  • 2 large pears, slightly firm (here we used red pears), peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Cookies
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup vegan cream cheese alternative, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. To prepare the jam, combine diced pears, sugar, water, lemon juice and cinnamon in a small sauce pan. Cook covered, over medium low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon and gently mashing the pear pieces each time. Uncover and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly
  2. To prepare the cookies, preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Cream together coconut oil, cream cheese alternative and sugar until smooth, 3-4 minutes. Add vanilla extract and almond flour and continue mixing for another minute
  4. Reduce speed, add flour and salt and mix until just combined (the dough will be slightly sticky). If the dough is too dry add almond milk or other plant-based milk one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together.  The consistency of the dough will vary depending on the brand of cream cheese you are using.
  5. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough and using your hands form dough balls (you will have about 25) and arrange them on the lined baking sheet
  6. Using your thumb, press down the center to make a small indentation. Fill each cookie with pear jam and bake on top rack at 350F for 15- 20 minutes (see note)


  1. We tested this recipe several times using different ovens. For each oven, the baking time changed. Keep an eye on the cookies after 15 minutes, to make sure they don't burn on the bottom. They should be slightly soft when done.

This post was originally published on December 18, 2014 - It has been updated.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 22 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 105
  • Sugar: 7.9
  • Sodium: 13
  • Fat: 4.1
  • Saturated Fat: 2.6
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.3
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 13.4
  • Fiber: 0.8
  • Protein: 1.2
  • Cholesterol: 0

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