Peanut Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

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In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m on a bit of a cookie obsession at the moment. 

As the Cookie Monster says, “C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me” (90s Sesame Street reference anyone?). For me, the perfect cookie is soft and squidgy on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside.  If it is too hard, it’s a biscuit, not a cookie. If it’s too soft, it just falls apart. It’s a fine art creating the perfect cookie, but it’s worth it. 

Recently I’ve really enjoyed snacking on some homemade treats when the mid afternoon munchies strike. With a bit more time on my hands, they’ve made a welcome change to the nearest cereal bar that’s on hand. It’s oddly satisfying eating something you made yourself.   Now I know I say this a lot on my blog, but these thumbprint cookies are honestly so quick to make. I swear I had them in the oven in a matter of minutes and in my belly in under an hour. When this girl wants her sweet treat, she wants it fast! They’re the perfect pick up with a cuppa in between meals. One, two, or sometimes three - they’re so tiny you can definitely enjoy a few! I only wish I’d made a larger batch because…

They were so delicious! I made them using peanut flour, which gives them a deliciously chewy texture and nutty taste. I filled them with chocolate spread, because chocolate and peanut butter is honestly a match made in heaven. They compliment each other so well. I used a delicious dairy free Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread (by Mr Organic), akin to traditional nutella. However, any chocolate spread would work, and if chocolate doesn’t take your fancy, why not try jam? You can’t go wrong with the classic peanut butter jelly combo either.

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If you like cookies as much as I do (which I know a lot of do), then I would love for you to hit me up with your favourite cookies. Whether it’s a cookie recipe or a shop brought delight, I’d love to know your favourites. Healthy or maybe not so healthy too – I’d love to hear about both! Perhaps there’s a local café that sells a monster cookie you can’t drop dreaming about, or perhaps it’s a batch of your own. Share the cookie love and we’ll discover new delights together!

Peanut Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

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Makes 9 miniature cookies (easily doubled)   

Dairy free, Gluten Free, Vegan Option

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup (55g) coconut oil
  • ¼ cup (85g) honey or maple syrup
  • 1 egg, beaten (substitute with a flax/chia egg if vegan)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. almond milk (or other milk of choice)
  • 2 cups (125g) peanut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 80g chocolate spread (I used Mr Organic Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread)

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 175°C / 350° F and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil over a medium heat (or use a microwave). Once liquefied, add the honey and stir to combine.
  • Place the remaining ingredients (except the chocolate spread) in a large mixing bowl and then add the melted coconut oil and honey.  Mix well until the dough comes together.
  • Roll approximately a heaped tablespoon of dough into a ball with your hands and gently press down onto a baking sheet with your palm.
  • Bake the cookies for 6-8 minutes. Remove they tray from the oven and immediately press your thumb into the middle, creating a little dip in the centre of each cookie. Return the tray back to the oven for a further 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven again and allow to cool. Once cool, gently remove each cookie from the baking tray using a pallet knife.
  • Fill each dip with a generous teaspoon of chocolate spread.
  • Enjoy straight away or, if you can resist, allow the spread to set!
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.  

Truthfully, I don’t know what these would taste like after being stored for a week, as they only lasted three days in my fridge. Woops! But I’m guessing that they would last, if you can resist them that long! As usual, I’d love to see how you get on. Feel free to tag me @mylifeisforliving or comment below if you give them a try and give me a shout if you’ve got any questions!

Until next time,

Hannah x

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