Christmas Cookies: Spitzbuben | 2-Ingredient Thumbprint Cookies filled with Jam

Yup, it happened again. Just as the recipe for the vanilla crescents, this one kind of happened accidentally, too. Last Christmas I used the main ingredients to make homemade Marzipan and wondered what would happen, if I’d bake the dough in the oven. No sooner said than done! Adding a typical christmas seasoning I ended up with amazing cookies that tasted like christmas. Then I figured this would be the perfect base for thumbprint cookies, or as we call them in Germany: Spitzbuben. Well, you can guess the end of the story…They turned out delicious!
thumbprint cookies vegan gluten free spitzbuben
If you want to make these with my homemade jam, you should eat them within a few days. I’d suggest making the cookies, or rather the filling, the day you’d like to eat them. OR: you could fill them with a date caramel sauce (recipe will be on the blog soon). It’s a delicious variation – you really should give it a trial!


  • 1,5 cups almond flour (from blanched almonds)  (ca. 200 g)
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp spekulatius seasoning* or your favorite spices
  • Filling: your favorite kind of jam (this homemade version is my favorite) / caramel sauce / melted chocolate
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla powder

You will also need:
Cookie cutters and a rolling pin


  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine almond flour and spekulatius seasoning or other spices. Then add the maple syrup and knead the dough with your hands until you can form a ball. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour; if it’s too dry, add some more maple syrup.
  3. With a rolling pin flatten the dough (to about 1/4 inch) and start cutting shapes.
  4. Transfer cookies to the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the cookies as they burn quickly.
  5. Important: The cookies will be soft when taken out of the oven. They will get crunchy as you let them cool completely, though.
  6. As soon as the cookies cooled down completely, start filling them: spread jam, caramel or melted chocolate on one cookie and place another one on top.

*Note: In Germany you can buy this seasoning. You could make your own, though: Mix together 5 tbsp cinnamon, 3 tsp ground cloves, 3 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp each: ground ginger, anise, cardamom and orange zest (or lemon zest)

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