Cookies equal thumbs up, at least in my book. And thumbs-up make me want thumbprints, which is a wildy appropriate cookie equivalent to match the motion I instinctively make when someone mentions cookies. So why not make Thumb Print cookies and give those the thumbs up. Am I getting too meta over here?
Moving on. I should stop playing puns and starting playing some seriously perfect cookies. I would categorize these cookies as breakfast or tea cookies. Not too sweet, filling and substantial, and satisfying without a crazy sugar buzz or gross feeling post-consumption.
These are super easy to make and come together quite quickly. The almond flour give them a hearty texture and lots of nutty flavor to pair nicely with the California Dried Plum filling.
I used California Dried plums as a healthier substitute for overly-sugary jelly or jam. I honestly really love plums, and not only do they provide a wonderful plum flavor, they also bring a lovely natural sweetness to dishes as well as a nutritional boost. One serving (about 4-5 plums) provides 3 grams of fiber, a healthy dose of potassium, magnesium and more vitamin K than any other fresh or dried fruit. Got that? K great. Lol that was a terrible pun.
Fun fact, California Dried plums have also recently been shown to support healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis. I actually care about this sort of stuff because as you may or may not know, I have osteoarthritis like that of an old woman. Shout out to good shoes and physical therapy for making my daily life tolerable, but I must say I’m doing all I can to strive for good bone health, making CA Dried Plums the perfect addition to my diet.
These are super easy to make and come together quite quickly. The almond flour give them a hearty texture and lots of nutty flavor to pair nicely with the naturally sweet filling.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 10-12 minutes
makes 12 small thumbprint cookies, easily doubled
- 1 cup almond butter (can sub other nut butter)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup oat flour (can make by processing rolled oats in a food processor or blender)
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed or chia seeds + 2 tablespoons almond or soy milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dried California Dried plums
- 1/4 cup dried cherries (optional)
- 1 teaspoon water
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small dish combine ground chia or flax seed with soy or almond milk and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine nut butter and brown sugar and mix until well combine. Add oat flour, almond meal, salt, and flax and soy milk mixture. Mix well. If mixture is still dry, add an additional tablespoon of nondairy milk.
3. For best results, allow dough to chill int he refrigerator or freezer until cold.
4. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, combine dried California plums, dried cherries, and water. Puree until well combine until a smooth jelly-like consistency is achieved.
5. Removed chilled dough from refrigerators and roll into 1″ inch balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, at least 1 inch apart. Press a small, round indentation with your thumb in the center of each cookie. Fill each indentation with a small scoop of California plum mixture (about 1 teaspoon). Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Allow to cool and enjoy. 🙂 Thumbs up, and cookies to the face!
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