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Flourless Thumbprint Tea Cookies

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 amethysts on baked clouds

amethysts on baked clouds

After my morning yoga class and before picking up Gabriel from school today, I worked quickly to make these cookies and ate some of the batter along the way.  Bad, bad me.  The recipe should make 16 cookies but mine only made 12.  What a craving I had for these when I woke up today.  Luckily I had all the ingredients in the kitchen drawers so it was just a matter of putting them together.  When Gabriel got home he looked up on the counter and saw the shiny amethysts sitting on top of the pretty almond clouds.  “appy birthda mama?”  “No baby, it’s not mama’s birthday today but we can certainly celebrate anyway!”  I said all of this in Spanish in hopes he will be  bilingual.

It was around 4pm and G would be my tea partner today.   He sat on  his booster seat with a glass of soymilk and me with a cup of twig tea.  Little hands and big hands both dug in.  John got home to only 5 cookies left on the plate…something is better than nothing.

sweet maple drip

sweet maple drip

Thumbprint cookies, although their history is sketchy, have always been a classic and one of my favorites.  I love chewing around the cookie first and then dipping for the middle.  These cookies are flourless since their base is only ground almonds.  I use to grind up my own almonds but now I can easily find the flour in my local supermarket.  Years ago I became gluten intolerant and almond flour baked goods literally saved me.   I wasn’t sure what I would do when I had to give up regular flour since it was a major staple of my diet.  I searched for almond flour recipes but they were limited at the time.    Eventually I found Lucy’s Kitchen and Breaking the Vicious Cycle.  Both  books  inspired me to try different recipes that included tarts, muffins and cookies all made with ground almonds.   The texture of almond flour is grainy but moist and this is what makes it is a great flour for any bread, muffin or cookie where you want to minimize the oil.

Baking these thumbprints is actually not necessary as you could eat them raw and I seriously vacillated whether to bake them or not.   My husband would probably not eat more than one though if he knew they were raw.   The decision to bake my thumbprints came when I felt the chill in the air after I picked up the mail downstairs.   I ate one warm right from the oven and burnt my tongue but I wasn’t sorry.  The hot chewy middle hit the spot.

Flourless Almond Tea Cookies

Truth be told, I learned to love thumbprints from drugstore cookie tins that my abuelita Zina used to buy for tea time.   The cookies always seem to melt in my mouth.  I didn’t think much about where the cookies came from really.   All  I knew is that I was having tea time with my abuelita and that was sweet enough for me.

I can’t imagine eating a tin cookie anymore (maybe), although if  Zina were alive I would certainly indulge her and happily eat one, or two, or three…

Flourless Almond Tea Cookies

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Flourless Thumbprint Tea Cookies
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Serves: 8
  • 2 cups of almond flour
  • ⅓ cup of maple syrup
  • ¼ cup of coconut flakes
  • ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup of blackberry or raspberry preserves
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F
  2. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Combine maple syrup and vanilla in a small bowl
  4. Whisk together almond flour and coconut flakes in a medium bowl
  5. Add in maple syrup and vanilla to almond flour and combine well with a fork or with your hands. The mixture will be thick and sticky
  6. Form tablespoon size balls from the dough with your hands gently flattening each one half way and then placing them on the baking sheet.
  7. Make an imprint on each cookie with your thumb
  8. Drop small amount of preserves in the center of each cookie. Distribute ¼ cup of preserves among the cookies.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes. Cookies will be golden. Be careful to not over bake as these will turn brown very quickly.
  10. Dry on drying rack or ceramic plate
  11. Makes about 16 cookies


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14 Responses

  1. huntfortheverybest says:

    great recipe! i’m always looking for low carb cookies and this one sounds wonderful.

  2. Heather says:

    Is the coconut a necessity? My hubby isn’t a fan…but would love the cookies otherwise.

    • Tabatha says:

      Hi Heather. The thumbprints work fine without the coconut flakes. You can actually just replace the 1/4 cup coconut with an 1/8 cup of the almond flour. The taste may be a tad less sweet so you may want to increase the amount of maple syrup by a teaspoon or so. Taste the batter and see what you prefer. Hope your hubby likes them!

  3. Karielyn says:

    Hi Tabatha..I found your recipe on FindingVegan and am definitely putting it on my to-make list. Thanks for sharing this healthy recipe!

    • Tabatha says:

      Hi Karielyn, thanks for your comment! I know your website and I appreciate that you are so mindful about food and nutrition. Lucky family!

  4. Loving thumbprint cookies, I didn’t used to like them, but these I could do!

    • Tabatha says:

      Hi Abby, thanks for visiting! I learned to eat thumbprints with my grandmother years ago from a tin but now I make them all vegan and gluten-free, so I prefer them this way. I’ll have to try your bourbon apple pie milkshake…looks delish!

  5. Alexa says:

    what brand of almond flour do you use?

  6. LAQ Fitness says:

    Included these in my Christmas cookie goodie bags to give out this morning at the gym. They turned out SO great! I used reduced-sugar raspberry preserves from Trader Joe’s. They looked and tasted fabulous!

  7. Wendy Becher says:

    Hi Tabatha! These sound wonderful, but I have a hubby who is not a maple fan (he’s silly). Can I substitute agave Nectar for the Maple Syrup? Thanks.

    • Tabatha says:

      Hi Wendy and thanks for visiting! Yes, you can definitely substitute agave for the maple syrup with the same measurements. The taste won’t be as deep as with maple but the cookies will still be delicious. Let me know how they turn out!

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