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…


  • 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
  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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