Thumbprint Cookies

Ok, I’m so happy to be back and baking! So, from the last time I wrote I got pregnant, moved to San Francisco for the summer then back to Portland, had baby, home with baby AND husband has finished law school and is currently studying for the bar. Whew!! This year has been, in the words of Rachel Zoe, so major. (Yes, I just quoted RZ, dont judge!)

Anyway, yummy delicious will be 8 months on Friday and we have kind of picked up a nice routine (for now – changes all the time). My husband made a comment the other day about how I used to have healthy sweet treats in the house all time and that he really missed that. Alas, I modified this great recipe for the perfect cookie. The best thing about it is you can put anything in the middle. If you have all the ingredients on hand, it really is so quick and simple.

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Recipe:

1 cup whole almonds

1 cup oat flour

1 cup coconut flour

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup coconut oil (You can also use applesauce as oil substitute, I didn’t have any)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp salt

2T milk (i used almond milk)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Finely ground your almonds to a flour like consistency (or use almond meal, I have a bulk size bag of raw almonds that I wanted to use) Add the rest of the flours, then add your wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together to form dough. Then on a lightly greased cookie sheet or lined with parchment, roll dough into balls. I fit 12 on each sheet. Gently press your thumb in each ball and then add filling of your choice. I used a delicious raspberry jam from my wonderful mother in law!

Bake for about 13 minutes.

These cookies came out delicious. I really love cookies. There is nothing like a cookie with my tea or coffee any time of the day!

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Coconut Flour & Oil: Why is it good for me and where do I get it?

I am pleased to see the amount of love for the Almond Joy Brownies!

I noticed that there are many questions about where to find coconut flour and coconut oil. Most grocery stores carry both. Definitely Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. If you’re not looking for it, you’ll never see it.

I promise you, you’ll see it now at the grocery.

I used Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flour. It was found in the aisle with all of their products. No matter how big or small the selection the store has, it is almost always available if they carry this brand. Let me just tell you about some of the healthy benefits of this stuff. Coconut flour is a great alternative gluten free flour. It’s full of fiber – in fact its  composed of a whopping 58% of dietary fiber and has very few carbs (less than some veggies!) Also, it has way more protein in it than other common flours.

A great alternative flour. Perfect for sweets.

 

As for the coconut oil, it is fabulous for your immune system and boosts your metabolism! Plus, it is know to keep your hair shiny and your skin young.

The oil can be found in the same proximity, usually, to the alternative flours. It comes in a jar and I have only seen it in solid form. When I bake with it, I usually melt it and take the amount I need, and store the rest separately. It has a light sweet taste and smells like Hawaii.

I love Spectrum brand oil, but any will do!

I hope this helps and answers those questions!  Let me know if you have more.

Seriously, you should make these brownies because they are so easy and delicious!