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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Homemade Dairy Free Thumbprint Cookies Recipe- Gluten Free, Egg Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free Options

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I have an important guest coming tomorrow, and after cleaning the house spic and span (and way beyond that) I realized that I'd wanted to have a baked good to serve when she arrived. Only it wasn't the time to go making a mess with a complicated recipe, so I just threw this together and it was easy to make, used ingredients I already had in the house, and managed to not make a mess- just the mixing bowl, measuring cup, measuring spoon and mixing spoon, so very easy to do with minimal clean up.
I have to apologize for the picture- I used a sugar free jelly which kind of leaked into the cookie, so the color was less beautiful than I hoped it would be- if you use a regular jam or one with fruit solids in it, it probably will be better looking and won't absorb the juices into the cookie, staining it like it did mine.

Homemade Dairy Free Thumb Print Cookies Recipe- Gluten Free, Egg Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free Options

Ingredients:
2 eggs or 2 flax eggs- aka 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds mixed with 5 tablespoons hot water, and set aside for 10 minutes before using
1 cup coconut sugar or white sugar or brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil or other solid fat like butter, palm shortening, etc...
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all purpose gluten free flour mix (homemade is fine) or wheat or spelt flour if you don't need it to be gluten free
Jam or fruit butter, homemade is fine

Instructions:
1. Mix your egg or flax egg with your sugar, salt, and baking powder until fully dissolved.

2. Mix in the fat/oil until you have a uniform mixture.

3. Add the flour and mix until combined.

4. Make flattened cookies- keep in mind that these really spread and grow, so make them smaller than you think they should be. This should make about 20 large cookies or 25-30 smaller or normal sized cookies.

5. Press your thumbprint into the center of each cookie, deep enough to be able to put some jam inside.

6. Spoon a small bit of jam into the hole in each cookie.

7. Bake for 8-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Enjoy!

What is your favorite dessert to whip up with minimal mess and minimal ingredients when you want to make something for guests and you don't have much time?
Ever make thumbprint cookies before?
Does this look like a recipe you'd try?

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