No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies

April 10, 2012

in 5 Ingredients, Breads, Muffins, Cookies, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Recipes

Thumbprint cookies. I’m a sucker for them.  I especially LOVE the ones that come out of the Whole Foods bakery.  I’d take one of those over a piece of chocolate any day. (Gasp, did I really say that?!)  I’m surprised I didn’t come up with this recipe sooner, considering it only took about 10 minutes to make, and is only 5 ingredients!  Great snack to as they’re a combo of healthy carbs, fats & protein and no sugar (aside from the small amount of lower-sugar jam). My 3 year old also loved them!



No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 20 cookies
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2 x 30 gram scoops vanilla whey protein (I used Whey Gourmet Naturelle) *Note
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter, smooth (or almond butter, or for nut-free Sunbutter)
  • 12 drops liquid stevia (or to taste)
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp water
  • ¼ tsp to ½ tsp no-sugar added jam or preserves of choice (I like homemade jam, or Smuckers No-Sugar Added, or a Double Fruit Jam)
  1. In a larger bowl, mix together everything up until the jam. If your peanut butter is on the harder side, you may need to melt it down a bit. You'll want the dough to be sticky enough to easily roll into balls. If its too crumbly, add more water.
  2. Once you've rolled them into balls, press your finger in the top of each one to make an imprint.
  3. Fill with ¼ tsp to ½ tsp of your favorite jam or preserves.
  4. Keep stored in airtight container in fridge.
*Note - If you don't do whey protein, you could sub for 2-4 Tbsp brown rice protein. May require extra sweetener. If you omit protein all together, you probably won't need the water at all.
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 75 Fat: 4.6 Carbs: 5.2 g Sugar: 0.8 g Sodium: 17 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 4.4 g

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  • Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    Oh my gosh, these sound delicious! I love almond butter, but all I have is unflavored soy protein powder. Would that work?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      You could use soy protein, I would just use less as the flavor can be move overpowering…

  • Jentry Nielsen

    These look so delicious! I love that you added protein as well! I can’t wait to try these out!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Thanks! The protein definitely helps to make it more filling!

  • Anna @ The Guiltless Life

    I love it! Love how easy and quick and HEALTHY they are (always a fan of the protein, you know me!) I gotta get on this because these are the perfect little treat :).

  • Christina Palmer

    I will be making these asap! Look delish! (!)

    Question for you – does your whey protein contain artificial sweetener (mine containes sucrulose/splenda)? I am trying to avoid the stuff, wasn’t sure if yours typically has this in it. Thanks!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      The Whey Gourmet Naturelle I mentioned is sweetened with stevia. But its sold in Canada. If you’re in the US, a stevia sweetened brand is Jay Robb. Enjoy them!!

    • Eileen

      Another great brand is Bluebonnet Whey protein. It comes from grass-fed cows and is sweetened with stevia.

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