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Eat Well Dec. 15. 2015
Desserts

Almond Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Dec. 15. 2015
Desserts
McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

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Hooray, it’s cookie season! As if we need any excuse to eat cookies, because we totally don’t, these Almond Raspberry Thumbprint Chewies are super simple to make, delicious, and beautiful enough to share as a DIY holiday gift or something to share this season. Also, these are just the best. That’s all. Even though these can be enjoyed year round, these have a special place in my heart this time of year and I hope you give these a go for the holiday!

THUMBPRINT CHEWIES

Thumbprint cookies are my absolute favorite cookie of all time…I’m so serious about this statement, not even another favorite of mine, double chocolate chip beats this one out for the top spot. Thumbprint cookies bring back so many fun memories of me baking Christmas cookies with my family. My mom would make the dough, and I would get the task and “fun part” of creating the balls of dough with my hands, gently placing them on the lined cookie sheet, then pressing my thumb into the top to create a little bowl where raspberry jam would soon fill it up! Every step in this cookie process is so much fun and if you’re not a fan of raspberries you can use another type of organic berry or fruit jam listed below. The biggest twist on this traditional thumbprint cookie, is these are flat like a crisp, but are pillowy soft- ooey gooey center, with a chewy cookie!

I love using my Raspberry Orange Chia Jam for the filling, it’s hearty, fiber rich with the chia and the seeds from the raspberry, slightly sweet and tart. As I mentioned, don’t let raspberries keep you from making this cookie if you’re not a fan, you can try apricot, orange, blackberry, apple butter, or even pumpkin butters and jams. Here are some of my favorite brands to try if you’re not making the jam homemade: blackberry jam or strawberry jam. As with all desserts, cookies, cakes, pastries, even if they’re made with healthy and nourishing ingredients, they’re still a cookie so be mindful of how many you enjoy…because it’s very easy to overeat these ones. If you need a little reminder and guide on how to stay healthy during the holidays, download my Healthy Holiday eBook with my favorite tips to keep on track.

Almond Raspberry Thumbprint Chewies
Recipe Type: dessert
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 30
A delicious, chewy, and gluten free thumbprint cookie with a sweet and tart raspberry filling. GF, Paleo friendly
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg, beaten (can use [url href=”https://nutritionstripped.com/vegan-egg-replacers/” title=”Vegan Egg Replacers”]vegan egg[/url])
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • FILLING
  • Jam of your choice such as [url href=”https://nutritionstripped.com/raspberry-orange-chia-jam-and-peach-chia-jam/” title=”Raspberry Orange Chia Jam & Peach Chia Jam”]raspberry[/url], orange, apple butter, blackberry, strawberry, etc.
Instructions
  1. To make the Raspberry Chia filling, [url href=”https://nutritionstripped.com/raspberry-orange-chia-jam-and-peach-chia-jam/” title=”Raspberry Orange Chia Jam & Peach Chia Jam”]click here. [/url]
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine coconut oil and honey over medium heat and heat until the coconut oil liquefies. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the beaten egg with the vanilla. Pour this mixture into the large mixing bowl with dry ingredients, stir until combined.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine melted coconut oil with almond flour, baking soda, sea salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  5. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of dough. On a lined baking sheet, arrange the dough 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake the cookies for 6-8 minutes, until lightly browned at the edges. When the cookies come out of the oven, immediately push your thumb (or if it’s too hot use a spoon) in the center of each cookie and dollop the raspberry jam enough to fill the well. Put bake in the oven and let cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  7. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for longer storage times.

Products I used to make these cookies: this almond flour, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. To keep my sanity during clean up, I love using silicon baking sheets and no matter how old my cookie sheets are, they never burn the bottoms! Oh, and if you’re gifting these to your loved ones, I adore these takeout boxes. I also love this one where you can see what’s inside. I love to line it with white parchment and then tie a bow on it.

THOUGHTS?

What are your most memorable holiday baking experiences or favorite cookies of the season? Let me know what you think when you give this recipe a go! Leave a comment and rate it, rating helps me continue to improve recipes for you. I love seeing what you come up with so don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #nutritionstripped on Instagram!

Tis’ the season, so get ahead of it. I coach 1-1 with people like you over the world to help optimize your health, reach goals, feel and look amazing! Sign up here to chat with me about how we can work together and take the first step to make this your healthiest and happiest year yet.

xx McKel

The Recipe

Serves 30

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg, beaten (can use [url href=”https://nutritionstripped.com/vegan-egg-replacers/” title=”Vegan Egg Replacers”]vegan egg[/url])
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • FILLING
  • Jam of your choice such as [url href=”https://nutritionstripped.com/raspberry-orange-chia-jam-and-peach-chia-jam/” title=”Raspberry Orange Chia Jam & Peach Chia Jam”]raspberry[/url], orange, apple butter, blackberry, strawberry, etc.

Directions:

  1. To make the Raspberry Chia filling, [url href=”https://nutritionstripped.com/raspberry-orange-chia-jam-and-peach-chia-jam/” title=”Raspberry Orange Chia Jam & Peach Chia Jam”]click here. [/url]
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine coconut oil and honey over medium heat and heat until the coconut oil liquefies. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the beaten egg with the vanilla. Pour this mixture into the large mixing bowl with dry ingredients, stir until combined.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine melted coconut oil with almond flour, baking soda, sea salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  5. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of dough. On a lined baking sheet, arrange the dough 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake the cookies for 6-8 minutes, until lightly browned at the edges. When the cookies come out of the oven, immediately push your thumb (or if it’s too hot use a spoon) in the center of each cookie and dollop the raspberry jam enough to fill the well. Put bake in the oven and let cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  7. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for longer storage times.

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  • Danielle

    Do you think it would be possible to “veganize” these?

  • Rebeca

    Do you think these would turn out well with a thin date paste instead of honey? They look AMAZING but I don’t like honey one bit. Only one way to find out, I suppose! 🙂
    And my favourite cookies? I’m a big fan of gingerbread because I just love the combination of spices.

    • Bobette

      I just made these with date puree instead of the honey and a flax egg (to “veganize” them) and they are AWESOME! I made a cranberry jam (with date puree in that too – instead of honey or maple syrup) and it tastes great (as does the raspberry – I did McKel’s raspberry jam with date puree too). I also put vegan and sugar free chocolate fudge drops in a few of them (after they finished baking) and that’s great in them too.

      Thanks for this recipe! It is great and the cookies are very pretty.

      • Rebeca

        Thanks for letting me know, Bobette!

  • I love soft cookies and i am so glad the ingredients are so wholesome. The jam sounds like it would pair perfectly.

  • Erika

    Can I use almond meal instead of almond flour?

    • Bobette

      I used almond meal and it worked great – even with the flax egg and the date puree modifications. Delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cookies.

  • Jessica

    These look delicious! When is your cookbook set to come out? Love having hard copies of recipes 🙂

  • What a great recipe, these look delicious!

  • Jessica

    These were great! I used almond meal because I couldn’t find flour so I had to add extra meal. My skeptical boyfriend even liked them and wants to put the chia jam on his waffles tomorrow.

  • Michelle

    Would it be okay to substitute coconut flour for the almond flour?

    • Yes you can try it but coconut flour will make it less chewy and more flakey- you might need to add more moisture to the batter, just play around with it 😉

      • Olga

        Thank you for your answer 🙂

  • Maja

    Hi,

    first of all I have to say I LOOOVE all your recipes and I visit your page everyday, it’s fantastic and so inspiring! I have made these cookies, but they were too sweet, can you please tell me how much honey should I put in grams, as I don’t use cups for measure. Seems I have made the wrong calculation. Also do you roll the dough into ball and press the top, or flatten them out as a cookie on the paper? Btw these are the best cookies I have ever had, and I want to make them for my family – huge family so want to make them right 🙂

    Thanks for all that you do, everything about you is so inspiring !

    • McKel Hill

      So glad you loved the recipe Maja! I don’t have conversion, but you can use good ole’ google to figure that measurement out! I just roll them into balls and then gently press on top! xx M

  • Erin

    Will coconut flour work instead of almond??

    • McKel Hill

      I haven’t experimented with using that, but coconut flour will need another flour mixed with it, it’s so delicate and doesn’t hold cookies together as well.

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