I absolutely love Christmas and the holiday season. Nothing makes me happier in this world than being with my giant, crazy family listening to Christmas music, watching holiday classics, eating delicious food, and celebrating the end of the year.
For those of us who graciously host and open up our homes for the holiday hoopla, we understand the holidays can bring a lot of love, laughter, warmth, memories — and bouts of stress. In the midst of our already busy lives, we have to make time for decorating, gift buying, and endless amounts of planning for the big days.
In our household, there is so much food to be made the day of, that dessert is usually compromised for a store-bought pie with ice cream. Now don’t get me wrong — pie and ice cream can have their place at the table. But after eating delicious, homemade food, the dessert can become an anti-climactic after-thought.
Not to mention, the holidays are where most of us let loose. We don’t bother to swap ingredients for healthier alternatives and we usually indulge a bit more in second servings. And while there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying our less-than-healthy favorites — it oftentimes means that by the time dessert comes around, it’s almost like the straw that broke the camel’s back (or the belt buckle). Store-bought, processed dessert can usually send us home happy but with an upsetting, bloated and uncomfortable feeling in our gut.
But not to worry, good people! There is a solution and it comes in the shape of these homemade, gluten and refined sugar-free, vegan thumbprint cookies. This is my staple, go-to recipe for any given occasion. These cookies are easy to make, easy on the gut, and absolutely to die for!
Double or triple the batch depending on how many people you’re expecting. This recipe will yield about 15 cookies but it’s safe to expect that everyone will help themselves to more.
Bring this recipe to your table and it will surely become a holiday favorite for years to come!Healthy Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
Healthy Holiday Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
- 2 cups almond flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon himalayan salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup (plus a little more) maple syrup
- Pumpkin, Pear, Cherry or Strawberry Jam, or Hu Chocolate Chips.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Put all dry ingredients in a bowl and sift with a fork.
- Add all the wet ingredients and mix well. Then, add the extra bit of maple syrup, (one or two tablespoons should do), until the batter binds well enough to roll into balls.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the batter into small tablespoon sized balls.
- Press the center of each ball with your thumb and add a small amount of preferred jam into the center.
- Bake cookies for no more than 13-14 minutes. Don’t worry about the cookies being soft when they come out of the oven. They will harden as they cool.
- Enjoy with friends and family!
Healthy Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
Born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico, Kaylee is a college graduate navigating the ebb and flow of this world. She loves yoga, snorkeling and falling off of paddle boards. She has too many favorite movies. And you can always find her procrastinating with a good show, a murder mystery novel or eating dates with too much peanut butter.