Free and Whole Living

Fig Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies


One of my favorite cookies as a kid were  fig newtons.  I love figs, and I cook with them a lot. So, when I was thinking of cookie ideas I thought of thumbprints. I love baking them around the holidays, but I wanted something different than the usual raspberry or apricot thumbprint cookies.  One day when I was at Trader Joe’s I discovered their fig butter. I was so excited, and I bought it.  I liked it, but it was too sweet for me.  Since I cut processed sugar from my diet, I discovered most ready made products are too sweet for me. Soon, I discovered how easy and fun making my own fig jam was.  So, the idea of my beloved fig newtons was born. This recipe was adapted from Oh She Glows, Raspberry Almond Thumbprint recipe.


Cookie Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup almond flour

¼ cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 Tablespoons flax meal (ground flax seeds)

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup almond butter

¼ cup agave syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon orange zest

5-6 tablespoons fig vanilla jam

1/3 cup shredded coconut

Fig vanilla jam ingredients:

4 cups dried figs, chopped

½ cup coconut sugar

2 vanilla pods scraped, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon arrowroot starch

1-1/2 cup water

¼ cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon lemon zest

Jam Directions:

Combine figs, lemon juice, sugar, water, and lemon zest in a medium saucepan on medium high heat.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes on low to thicken.

Blend with immersion blender or in a food processor.

Blend until it is smooth. I like a little texture, pieces of figs in it. But, the consistency is up to you.

Cookie Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees , and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle of attachment or in a medium mixing bowl: add almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, flax meal, and salt. Whisk and set aside.

In a small bowl: mix almond butter, agave, and vanilla extract. Set aside.

Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and mix until combined.

Sprinkle a working surface with gluten free, all purpose flour. Knead dough, and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.


Shape dough into balls about one tablespoon.

If dough is sticky, put in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes until firm.

Roll balls in the shredded coconut.


Place balls on lined sheet pan about 2 inches apart.


Press the middle of the balls with your thumb into a small well.

Add one teaspoon of jam.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.  I baked mine for 11 minutes, and they were perfect.


Take out of the oven and cool for five minutes, and then place on cooling rack to finish cooling completely.


You can substitute any jam or marmalade.

3 thoughts on “Fig Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies

  1. I find your blog very inspiring. I have battled my weight my entire adult life. Being vegan for health reasons has been something I have always been attracted to. Living with a carnivore has made it very difficult to transition to. Now that I am older and sick of feeling unhealthy in my body, I am finally going for it with everything I am .. despite what anyone else around me does. I am happy to have stumbled upon your blog. I have been researching recipes the last few days so that I can be one step ahead in this transition as I know that if I am not prepared I will fail miserably. Any tips or thoughts you have for me as I embark on this new journey would be much appreciated and thanked. I look forward to more of what you have to say. :)


    • Hello! I found this article on facebook today and thought about you,
      You should check out her website, or like her on facebook she has awesome vegan dishes. I will be working on more of the basics and will be posting tips and ideas for starting out vegan and gluten free as well. I have had several people approach me about how to start a gluten free or vegan diet. So, that’s in the works. But, I thought this can also give you some ideas and inspiration. Please send my any questions you have or you can email me as well,

      Good luck,



    • Hello! I’m so glad that you found my blog. First of all, I am proud of you for taking the steps to take control of your health. It is hard, especially when you live with other people.
      But, you can do it. It can be daunting at first, but there are lots of great ingredients and so many different flavors and textures out there. I am here to help you in any way that I can.
      Let me know if you have any questions or if there is some recipes that you would like to try. I wish you luck in your journey.


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