I try to check in on a few of our elderly neighbors throughout the cold, winter months. They love to see the girls, and I love to bring a jar of soup to warm them up. Toward the end of December I have the girls bring some simple thumbprint cookies to them to wish them merry Christmas, and for a couple of them that don’t have family near, I think it really makes their holiday.
- 7 TB cold butter
- 3 – 4 TB organic pure cane sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- ½ cup white rice flour
- ½ cup brown rice flour
- ¼ cup tapioca flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp almond extract (vanilla extract works if you don’t have almond extract on hand – if you can grab the almond extract I highly recommend it though! It really makes the flavor pop!)
- Jam of your choosing for the middle of the cookie – you won’t need more than a couple tablespoons.
- Put everything but the egg and almond extract in the food processor and blend to combine.
- Add the egg and almond extract and blend though until the dough forms a ball.
- Roll balls of dough, place them on a silpat lined baking sheet, press an indent in the middle, and scoop a little jam in the center of each cookie.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Check them around the 10 minute mark in case our ovens run differently.
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- This batch makes 18 small cookies. You can double or triple up if you are feeding a crowd!
- You can make the dough up ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
- Use multiple different jams so each one has a different color! I use whatever we have in the freezer from the previous summer jam making – we made blueberry jam last summer so that is what we used!
- If you are not using homemade jam, just be sure to check the ingredients – just avoid the corn syrup based ones, and any that have added food colorings.
- I have a Silpat liner for each of my baking sheets – they make clean up so much easier.
- If you want to take a look at more holiday baking try these great gluten free gingerbread cookies! They are too easy!