Almond Thumbprint Cookies

This time of year always puts me in the mood to bake. I love giving friends and neighbours homemade goodies, and I love it even more when I give them something healthy. I’m not opposed to having my favourites over the holidays (egg nog, candy cane ice cream, toffee squares), but with all the super sweet treats out there, it’s nice to throw in a healthy cookie, and even better when they taste awesome. These Almond Thumbprint Cookies are easy to make, and with their buttery texture and sweet almond flavour; remind me of my grandma’s Dutch boterkoek, but without all the refined sugar, flour and butter. This recipe was adapted from @dula_nd and it does not disappoint! Happy baking!

Almond Thumbprint Cookies

2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
4 tbsp. real maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. apple butter (or your favourite jam or preserve) per cookie


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add all dry ingredients to a bowl, and stir to combine.

In a small glass bowl, combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup and extracts. Add this wet mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until combined and a dough forms.

Roll a small ball of cookie dough in your hands, place on the lined baking sheet and gently press the centre with your thumb. Repeat until all the dough is gone (makes about 16-18 cookies). Fill each cookie with 1 teaspoon of apple butter.

Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until cookies are golden-brown around the edges.


About Lauren

Welcome! I’m Lauren Follett. A couple years ago, while working in the corporate world of downtown Toronto, I decided to pursue my passion for healthy living and enrolled in the Distance Education program with The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I studied on my lunch breaks, after work, on the weekends, and while travelling through South America. The world of health & nutrition can be confusing. There are a lot of mixed messages out there when it comes to health: low fat, low calories, sugar-free, low-carb, gluten-free…leaving you confused, frustrated, and wondering where to start. That’s where I come in. As a Registered Nutritionist, my goal is to help you accomplish your health & wellness goals. I don’t believe in diets or quick fixes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle, which requires you to get educated, and learn how to make healthy choices. I’m dedicated to working closely with my clients to teach & motivate them to make healthy choices, discuss healthy living strategies and create customized nutrition programs that fit with their life.

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