This weekend, we needed a break from the heavy, cheesy, pumpkin-y flavors of Thanksgiving. Strawberry jam thumbprint cookies hit the spot!
These cookies are grain-free and dairy-free, but do contain some refined sugars in the jam. However, they're not super sweet and strike a nice balance between healthy and decadent. If you'd like to make them free from refined sugars, you can make your own jam. I just used some strawberry jam I already had in the fridge because I wanted them to be quick and easy, which they are.
The cookie dough only has six ingredients and it's pretty easy to mix, so Tosh helped make them.
They're also very delicious, which is why I packaged them up and took them to my son's ABA clinic this morning. I had to get them out of the house before I ate them all! The nice thing about this recipe is that it only makes about 18 cookies, so you won't totally blow your attempts to avoid gaining too much weight before the end of the year.
Still, I'd plan to give at least some to family, friends or neighbors if you don't want to eat them all, because they really are addictive.
Strawberry jam thumbprint cookies
Adapted from Food Babe's Almond Chia Jam Cookies
1/4 cup melted coconut oil or ghee
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup honey (you can just use 1/2 cup of any sugar - I used both granulated coconut sugar and liquid honey to limit refined sugars without making the dough too liquid-y.)
1 TBS vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups almond flour
Strawberry jam (or whatever flavor you like)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, egg and vanilla. Slowly add the salt and flour to form a dough.
3. Form 1-inch balls with dough and flatten them into disks with your hand. Place on cookie sheet and press a thumbprint/circle into the dough. Fill the circle with a tsp of jam as shown below.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes until browned on the edges.
Be careful when removing the cookies from the cookie sheet and onto a cooling rack! The jam will be a scalding hot liquid which will burn your skin if you drop the cookie. Or, if you try to eat one fresh out of the oven like I did.
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