Apr 29, 2013

PB&J Thumbprint Cookies. Vegan, gluten-free and oil-free.

April showers bring May flowers! Well, the trees sure are blooming here in the Smokies, and soon the flowers will follow. And yesterday was raining, raining raining… a great day to bake some cookies!

So without further ado, I present the vegan PB&J thumbprint cookie…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blanched almond flour (see notes)
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup brown rice flour
  • ¼ cup date sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 TBS ground flax seeds + 3 TBS water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • all-fruit spread for the thumbprint (I used St. Dalfour Strawberry which can be found in most supermarkets and health food stores. Use whatever flavor you like!)
prior to baking
Directions:
  1. Mix the flax meal with the water and let sit for a few minutes while you…
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Place the flax mixture and all other ingredients (except the fruit spread) in a food processor and pulse until the mixture comes together. It should hold together nicely when pinched.
  5. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. I use a level 1″ ice cream scoop which is the easiest way to make cookies!
  6. Press each cookie down a bit and shape it so that the edges are firm. 
  7. Make a ½” indentation on the top of each cookie with your thumb (or finger) making sure to keep the integrity of the cookies’ shapes as you do.
  8. Fill each cookie with a bit of fruit spread.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cookies are golden on the outside and look a little cracked. Don’t overbake! They’ll be nice and crumbly, as opposed to too dense when baked for too long.
  10. Cool and serve.
Helyn’s Notes: The best almond flour that I have found for baking (by far) is Honeyville Farms Blanched Almond Flour. Blanched simply means that the skins are removed. If you use a different kind of almond flour, I can’t guarantee the same results!

Makes one dozen. Enjoy!

Crabapple tree, Dogwood tree and lilac bush, outside my kitchen window, enjoying all the rain!

Healthy trails,

2 responses to “PB&J Thumbprint Cookies. Vegan, gluten-free and oil-free.”

  1. Lynn says:

    Just made these with raw almond butter and apple butter – really tasty!!

  2. Helyn says:

    Oh, that sounds like a wonderful combination, Lynn. Thanks for sharing!!

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