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No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies

Easy no-bake thumbprint cookies that are naturally vegan and gluten-free! These cookies are made with only 5 ingredients and require less than 15 minutes of work. Just add your favorite jam!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup rolled or quick oats
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Jam of choice (1-2 teaspoons per cookie)
  • Water as needed


  • Add the walnuts and oats to a food processor. Process until you get a coarse crumb.
  • Add the dates, vanilla and salt and process until the mixture sticks together. Add water as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time. (1 tablespoon is usually all I need).
  • Form 8-10 little balls by rolling the mixture between your palms. Place on a clean surface or baking sheet.
  • Press your thumb in the center of each ball to form a little well. Fill each well with your favorite jam, about 1-2 teaspoons per cookie.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.



You can substitute the walnuts for other nuts or seeds. I tried almonds, sunflower seeds and cashews with success, but it does change the taste slightly. Raw or dry-roasted, unsalted will work. Cashews and walnuts were my favorites.
Feel free to use any jam you love. I used Crofter's strawberry jam, my favorite!
I haven't tried freezing them with the jam, but you can freeze the cookies without the jam and add it when ready to eat.