Holiday season is in full swing. Holiday parties and holiday cookies are no exception. I developed this recipe for gluten-free almond thumbprint cookies for my Thanksgiving cooking workshops this year and they were a huge hit. I purposely used cranberries because I consider cranberries and cranberry sauce a Thanksgiving staple….I didn’t realize how many people serve cranberry sauce for Christmas as well. I had so many private messages through Instagram and Facebook asking for the recipe, that I decided to post it. There is still time to make some for the holidays and the feedback I’ve had is that they are delicious to eat anytime (including breakfast!!).
Part of the appeal is that these cookies are gluten-free and vegan—naturally, so there are no substitutions to make. One health coaching client of mine lets her kids eat them for breakfast (she also makes these healthy cookies for her kids) ……they have no refined sugar and good amounts of protein, making them a better choice than many other grab and go options.
Traditional thumbprint cookies are loaded with saturated fat and refined sugar. A couple of easy swaps makes these almond thumbprint cookies vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and full of protein. Even the jam in this recipe is healthy….though if you’re pressed for time, you can buy already made jam in the store and there are many sugar-free varieties to choose from.
One of my favorite things about his recipe is that they freeze beautifully. I make a double batch and keep them in the freezer so they are always available when someone stops over, of if I’m invited out last minute. Almond thumbprint cookies are a healthy addition to any dessert table.
The fact that these almond thumbprint cookies use ingredients that I usually have in my pantry , and the fact that they’re not time consuming to whip up, makes them my new “go to” when I need to make a healthy dessert at the last minute. If you don’t have any fresh cranberries, you can substitute raspberries, blueberries, blackberries…..and even frozen berries work well in the recipe. Like I said, super simple. Check your pantry, and your freezer….you just may be able to make a batch without having to run to the store….which is a HUGE win this week!