What is it about sweet treats in the winter? We could make cookies and hot chocolate and marshmallows all year long. And, I mean, I do make cookies all year long, but not like these! There's just something so cozy and lovely about baking cookies when it's snowy and cold out. This year I've made a whole slew of treats. Most of them have appeared over on Edible Baja Arizona's blog, but I wanted to collect everything here in one place for you so you can get your baking done! I'll continue adding to this list in the coming weeks.
For these thumbprints, I made them a couple ways. Half of them are filled with my Roasted Strawberry Chia Jam, and those are good. But you wanna know what is reaaaaally good? Filling them with my Raspberry Ginger Cranberry Sauce. Yes. You must try it! I think I liked them better because they were bolder, zippy, and flavorful.
You know what else you've gotta try? All these treats! There's a little something for everyone here.
Red and Green Cookies- melt in your mouth almond cookies topped with cranberries and pistachios.
Date Stuffed Mesquite Cookies with Orange Glaze- These cookies are special. They take a bit more effort, but they're a showstopper. Mesquite dough wrapped around a date, fig, and nut filling. Don't skip the orange glaze, it's a game changer.
Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips Cookies- These were one of the first recipes I posted when I started the blog. And to this day, they're one of my very favorites. Peanut Butter and chocolate is hard to beat, as far as I'm concerned.
Tortoise Bites- These little truffle balls are a delicious mix of caramel-y dates, crunchy pecans, and a drizzle of dark chocolate. These are an easy no-bake option that will still impress!
Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites- Here's another no-bake option for you, because what's yummier than raw cookie dough?? How about raw cookie dough that is egg-free so you don't risk ruining the Holidays with salmonella? I'm just looking out for you.
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Dates- These divine sweets are the perfect treat for you non-bakers. They combine caramely dates with crispy dark or white chocolate, and creamy peanut butter. Do things get much better than that?? I'd argue that they don't...
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies- I remade these classics so they're grain-, dairy-, and egg-free! Buttery macadamia nuts are hard to beat in these tasty little cookies.
Keep your eyes out for more cookie and cocoa recipes coming out next week. You'll want to enjoy them all winter long. Ok, now let's get on with the Thumbprint Cookies recipe!
- Preheat the oven to 350, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together shortening, maple syrup, and extracts.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, gelatin, baking soda, and salt.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and using a rubber spatula, stir to combine.
- Add the coconut to a shallow bowl
- Divide the dough into 18 balls and roll each ball in the coconut until it's coated.
- Put each cookie on the parchment lined baking sheet.
- Using a 1/2t measuring spoon, create a divot in the middle of each ball of dough. Then fill them all with a heaping 1/2t of jam.
- Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, until the bottoms edges are slightly browned. Allow them to cool before eating, or the hot jam will burn your mouth.
If you decide to make these sweet cookies, snap a photo for me! They'd be perfect for your holiday party! Post your picture on Instagram, and tag me at #ideatthatfoodtoo. You can also Pin this picture so you don't forget to make these another time!