vegan mini peanut butter chocolate chip coconut oil cookies

Finally. A vegan cookie that doesn’t provoke the response, “Oh these taste… healthy…”

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coconut thumbprint cookies

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Hello again! This has been an unusually rainy Arizona weekend…perfect weather for catching up on emails and phone calls, listening to quiet music (like this song that I currently love), and testing out recipes, of course.

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So, these cookies are good. I don’t usually like to toot my own horn but they are really. really. good. When I was little my mom used to get us these Pepperidge Farm cookies. I’d break off the shortbread part and just eat the middle.

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With these cookies, though, you’ll want to eat the whole thing. They’re light and delicate, and filled with almond and coconutty goodness.

I used three different kinds of jam and ended up liking the strawberry-filled cookies the best. My parents liked apricot though. Your call! Regardless of what flavor you use, be generous with the jam. It’s the best part.

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I also highly recommend using coconut oil here. It adds a perfect hint of coconut flavor, but if you don’t have it on hand regular canola oil will work too.

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I hope you enjoy!

Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup almonds

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup agave nectar, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup

Jam, any flavor

Put almonds and oats into a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Transfer this mixture to a large bowl and add flour, melted coconut oil, agave nectar and salt. Mix well with your hands. [Note: I used agave nectar, but brown rice syrup will work better. The agave wasn’t as sticky, so the dough was a little crumbly and hard to work with.]

Roll half a teaspoon of dough in the palm of your hand. Press your thumb gently down into the center of each cookie. Spoon 1 teaspoon of jam into the middle of each cookie.

Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes until cookies are golden brown and firm around the edges. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store cookies between layers of wax paper so they don’t stick together.