Classic Swedish Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies AKA Hallongrottor

Classic Swedish Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies AKA Hallongrottor

Hallongrottor, directly translated “raspberry caves, or as my boyfriend calls them “Hannagrottor“. They’re cute and delicate little bites of fruity and cookie heaven which in Sweden usually are filled with raspberry jam. I honesty haven’t cared much for them until a certain someone in my life told me that it is his absolute favourite. Since then I have baked thumbprint cookies numerous times, and have made some alterations to make them even better and more delicious. One of those things is lemon zest as a key flavour booster, which gives the cookies a nice extra citrusy flavour. Now, I’m actually quite fond of hallongrottor!

Swedish recipes for thumb print cookies do differ somewhat to others since there’s no egg in them, which makes it extra easy make vegan. What I also love is that these can be whipped up in 20 minutes including the baking time, and they store well in an air tight container for numerous days. The perfect cookie for any occasion, especially a Swedish fika!

Enough said, and I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. Enjoy!





Classic Swedish Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies AKA Hallongrottor

  • Author: Hanna
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x


  • 100g / 3,5 oz margarine or butter at room temperature
  • 3,5 tbsp granulated sugar/sweetener of choice*
  • 120g / 4,2 oz plain flour
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla sugar or a splash of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • The zest from 1/2-1 lemon
  • A handful of frozen raspberries, thawed mixed with 3 tbsp thick raspberry jam


  1. Preheat the oven to 175C/350F and place 12 small muffins liners on a cookie pan.
  2. Using your hands or a large wooden spoon, crumble and mix together everything except for the jam filling until just combined.
  3. Divide and shape the dough into 12 equally sized balls and place in individual muffin liners.
  4. Using your thumb, create an indentation into each ball of cookie dough. Fill with about a small teaspoon’s worth of raspberry jam.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden. Let cool, and enjoy!


*I used 2 tbsp regular sugar and 1,5 tbsp stevia based sugar alternative

Keywords: vegan thumbprint cookies, hallongrottor, veganska, enkla, snabba, raspberry, quick, easy, syltkakor


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