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Peanut Butter & Jelly Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

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Today we’re sharing a recipe from the new vegan cookbook The Colorful Kitchen by Ilene Godofsky Moreno. I love that these vegan thumbprint cookies are made with flour that you can make yourself by simply blending rolled oats! They’re really easy to make and can be molded into all sorts of fun shapes like hearts for Valentine’s Day! 

PB&J Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

Author: Ilene Godofsky Moreno
5 from 4 votes
This no-fuss recipe is one of my favorites for weeknight baking. Keep it classic or get creative with different nut butters and fruit preserves—cashew butter and blueberry, almond butter and apricot—you can’t go wrong.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 14


  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
  • teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  • ½ cup jam or fruit preserves
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  • In a blender, pulse the oats until flour is formed, then transfer it to a large bowl. Whisk in the baking soda and salt.
  • In a small bowl, stir the wet ingredients together until smooth. Transfer the mixture to the large bowl, and stir until the wet and dry ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • To form the cookies, use your hands to roll about 1 tablespoon of batter into a ball. Press it down on the baking sheet and use your thumb to create an indent in the center. Fill the center with the jam or preserves. Repeat until all the dough is used.
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. Let them cool completely, then drizzle with the peanut butter (you may want to use a pastry bag or a plastic baggie with a corner cut off for this). Enjoy right away or store in an airtight container.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, cookies, dairy-free, dessert, egg-free, peanut butter, sweets, thumbprint, treats


Awesome Oats

Who said oats only had to be for breakfast? This amazing food is good for so many things! Ground into flour, oats are great for thickening smoothies, adding to a bread recipe, and baking into these delicious vegan thumbprint cookies! Health-wise, oats are an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants. They are also naturally gluten-free so you don’t need to worry if you or a loved one have a wheat sensitivity! Just be sure to buy certified gluten-free oats if celiac disease is a concern as oats sometimes come into contact with wheat products when they’re being processed. Oats are also incredibly economical as they are often available in bulk at a low price and have a long shelf life.

Party With Preserves

The sky’s the limit with these vegan thumbprint cookies! You can use whichever fillings you fancy and mix ’em up for a fun and beautiful plate. Here are just a few ideas of how you can make the most of your baking adventure:

  • Awesome Apricot – Apricot preserves pair beautifully with these cookies and have the benefit of being high in antioxidants, potassium, and fiber!
  • Beautiful Blueberry – Blueberry preserves are a delicious and wonderful choice for bringing your cookies from boring to thrilling and also feature a deeply beautiful color. Want to bring it up a little? Mix in some blackberry preserves for some delightful texture.
  • Rad Raspberry – Raspberry preserves offer a delightful sweetness and fun crunch. Raspberries are naturally high in vitamin C and manganese, which aids in bone health.
  • Simple Strawberry – Strawberry preserves are a classic! Deliciously sweet with an added texture of seeds, they make a perfect match with vegan thumbprint cookies. If you’re a true seed fanatic, check out our recipe for 3-Ingredient Strawberry Chia Jam!Vegan PB&J thumbprint cookies from The Colorful Kitchen by Ilene Godofsky Moreno

The Colorful Kitchen cookbook by Vegan Ilene Godofsky Moreno

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This vegan thumbprint cookie recipe was reprinted with permission from The Colorful Kitchen by Ilene Godofsky Moreno. Article written by Michelle Cehn and edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article contains Amazon affiliate links which help us keep the lights on here at World of Vegan. 

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  1. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    We make these cookies with the kids ALL the time! It’s become one of our Christmas traditions and we couldn’t love it more!

  2. 5 stars
    One of my favorite cookie recipes!! I don’t know what it is about jam and baked goods, but it’s a heavenly combination in my book. I also have a peanut butter obsession, so this recipe is like it’s made just for me. My favorite jam to use is raspberry, but I’ve always wanted to try a savory jelly, like hot pepper jelly. Might be tasty!

  3. 5 stars
    These are definitely more on the “healthy” side for cookies than I’m used to, but they do hit the spot and are also wholesome enough to feel okay about sharing with my toddler!

  4. 5 stars
    Cookies are one of my favorite treats and it’s nice to have a recipe to switch it up from the usual chocolate chip! I also love that it calls for oat flour which I have plenty of 🙂