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Cranberry Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies Recipe with coconut oil, maple syrup and easy date cranberry chia jam. | ifoodreal.com

This Holiday Season I am so in line with the majority of North American population – I’m already baking, got a menu for the next 30 days, Christmas shopping list is in my iPhone, Alex installed the lights on the house and an inflatable Santa is waving from my porch. I should post a photo of my perfect Russian crazy home.;)

I made and froze these almond flour thumbprint cookies at the end of November and they are all long gone by now.

I don’t know why but I’ve been leaning towards vegan & naturally sweetened goodies lately. Probably because I’ve been working out my butt off.

First this Healthy Caramel Popcorn, and now these Thumbprint Cookies with Homemade Cranberry Chia Jam.

Cranberry Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies Recipe with coconut oil, maple syrup and easy date cranberry chia jam. | ifoodreal.com

They were out of this world – chewy, nutty and purely sweet. And the tangy cranberry jam with a hint of orange, completes these thumbprints perfectly. Coconut flakes look so pretty. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, grain free and refined sugars free.

One weekend, we had Alex’s co-workers over and all 56 cookies were gone. Kids couldn’t get enough of these thumbprints. And they were not my kids.

To make the thumbprints is a breeze. Dough is so simple and comes together in minutes. I grind almonds in a food processor to make almond flour. You can use store bought almond meal. Honey or maple syrup would be fine instead of agave. Any kind of milk works. Seriously, what’s not to like?!

Cranberry Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies Recipe with coconut oil, maple syrup and easy date cranberry chia jam. | ifoodreal.com

Then you just make a well with your thumb. And then you pour as much as you want of that awesome healthy Chia Jam Recipe in there. And theeeeen, you get to eat the leftover jam.

The jam was so awesome with no added sugar. Just boil some cranberries with dates, puree and add chia seeds to thicken the jam. It was brilliantly amazing! These almond flour thumbprint cookies freeze extremely well too. So, you can be in line with me and the nation – make now, eat later.

Cranberry Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies Recipe with coconut oil, maple syrup and easy date cranberry chia jam. | ifoodreal.com

Cranberry Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies

Cranberry Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies



  1. In a small pot, add cranberries, dates, orange zest and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until a few cranberries have bursted. Remove from the stove and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Add chia seeds, stir and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, stir to combine ground almonds, salt and baking soda. Add coconut oil, almond milk, agave nectar and vanilla extract, and mix with spatula until dough forms. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  4. Scoop heaping tablespoon of dough and form 18 balls, just a bit smaller than golf balls. Place on lined baking sheet 1.5" - 2" apart. Cookies do not spread much. Place your thumb in the middle of each dough ball to make a small well in the centre of the cookie. Don't press too hard or till the end.
  5. Bake for 14 - 16 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack. Fill each cookie with 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Cranberry Jam and sprinkle with coconut flakes.
  6. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in a container with lid for up to 5-7 days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 1 month.


Use leftover Cranberry Jam like you would use any jam.


Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 18 cookies

Amount Per Serving = 1 cookie:
Calories: 90.6
Total Fat: 7.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 49.7 mg
Total Carbs: 5.9 g
Sugars: 3.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.6 g
Protein: 2.7 g
WW Points+: 3

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  1. Mike @TheIronYou

    The chia+cranberry+dates jam is to die for. Naturally sweetened, super simple and very healthy. That’s my kind of style.
    I would probably make it and eat it by the spoonful. Just like that…

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Thank you.:) You probably would smother it on all your finger food you love to make.;)

  2. Anna

    Very nice idea for the cranberry jam. My mom just bought me a huge pack of cranberries and I have been thinking of making them into “varen’ye”.
    Will have to try these cookies- they look so good

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Thank you, my dear.:) This jam is definitely a nice clean change to our childhood jams.:)

  3. Minoo

    I definitely know how tasty these cookies are 🙂 You’re a great cook and an awesome host!

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Haha, Minoo. You are so welcome! You are awesome guests to entertain. Thank you for helping me with the dishes.;)

  4. Anneli

    Hi! I just found your blog. I’m so happy I did! I’m in the burbs, Maple Ridge. Nice to read a blog that is written someone so close by. Our family has been pretty healthy all along, with 2 boys who were big into hockey, a daughter that is a dancer, and my husband who is a healthy “nut” to be blunt, I’m still trying to do better. One of my son’s had some testing done to find out what was causing him some stomach issues and he was told to avoid dairy, soy, eggs, and a few other things. This cookie recipe is perfect. I always make thumbprint cookies, but, now he can’t eat my version. I can’t wait to bake these! Thank you! I look forward to looking through your blog.

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Hi Anneli. I’m so glad you found me. Well, I live where you live LOL. I can’t believe it.:) Probably a couple blocks away. Lol. Let me know how you like these cookies and I can’t wait to read more of your blog. Love it! I saw our Sportcheck. Nice! Cheers.

      • Anneli

        I can’t believe it!! Small world. I’m just busy going through your site and I love all your recipe’s and blogging information. This is so much fun!

        • Olena (iFOODreal)

          Thank you! Enjoy. There are some dairy free and vegan options for your son.

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Tree isn’t anything like these cookies. Just these cookies.:) They are awesome!

      • Danielle

        Eating the jam on my toast with natural peanut butter… So darn good. May just have to make more just for my morning slice of toast.

        • Olena (iFOODreal)

          Now I’m seriously thinking making more of that jam just for the sake of jam.:) You made me want it now!



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