Almond Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies (gluten free)

This recipe is from the book Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season by Hannah Kaminsky. We are giving away copies to a few of our lucky readers, so be sure to leave your comments below in order to win… your comment is your entry! Winners will be announced next week.

Here’s what Hannah has to say about her recipe:
One cookie that I remember being a favorite was something called “peanut butter blossom”. Little more than a peanut butter cookie with a chocolate drop stuck in the center, it appealed to youngsters and those of mature palates alike. When baking for a celiac friend, however, I was at a bit of a loss- how to keep the integrity of this treat while still making it without gluten, and perhaps with a bit of renewed interest? The result was a cookie simply oozing with almond flavor that seems to melt in your mouth, along with the crunchy chocolate topper. If you can’t get vegan nonpereils or if those sprinkle-covered confections just don’t appeal, you could make these like thumbprint cookies and fill the indents with chocolate ganache instead.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Earth Balance® Buttery Spread or Sticks
2/3 cup almond butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup almond meal
1 cup garbanzo or defatted soy flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Enough vegan nonpareils to add one per cookie (approx. 32)

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 375F and line two baking sheets with a Silpat or parchment paper.

Toss the Earth Balance® Buttery Spread and both sugars into a stand mixer, and cream thoroughly. Be sure to scrape down the sides before adding in the almond butter, and mix again to combine. Once the mixture is smooth and homogeneous, add in the almond meal, flour, baking soda, and salt all together and slowly mix it in. Finally, incorporate the vanilla.

Use your hands to shape the dough into balls the size of walnuts (about 1 inch in diameter) and place them each about an inch or so apart on the prepared baking sheets. Move the dough balls into the oven and bake for just 8 minutes before removing them and gently press a nonpareil into the center of each. Bake again for just 2 more minutes, and let the cookies cool on the sheets.

You can find more of Hannah’s delectable recipes at her website: http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com

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  1. I get super sick if I eat any gluten at all so I love that you posted this recipe!

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  2. Alix Keener says:

    My grandmother has celiac sprue, and I was recently diagnosed with a gluten intolerance. I’ve been eating gluten-free for a while though because I had a suspicion! I don’t miss it at all. It’s fun to experiment with all different types of gluten-free flour.

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  3. I actually don’t know anyone who’ds gluten sensitive or intolerant, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy this recipe!

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  4. I have relatives and good friends who should not have gluten and I prefer to cook limiting the gluten in recipes because too much of anything can be a bad thing. Besides, why not have the variety of using all the different flours that are currently widely available to us? THESE COOKIES SOUND AND LOOK FANTASTIC! I’m going to make them for my birthday this weekend. Can’t wait!

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  5. Looks super yummy! I may have to try this:)

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  6. Shirley J. says:

    I eat gluten but am looking into getting tested because I’ve noticed some symptoms that I am not sure what are causing.

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  7. Lily Sloan says:

    One of my good friends has a gluten allegery. I also wonder if my husband is sensitive to gluten….because he is so prone to allergic reactions.

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  8. I don’t have a diagnosed gluten sensitivity, but am curious if I do. I’m also curious if some of my family members do as well. The rate of autoimmune disorders is high among my immediate family and I know that gluten sesitivity goes hand in hand with that! I do eat gluten, but try to limit it. This recipe looks awesome – peanut butter, chocolate and almonds!? Three of my favorite things!! Thanks!

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  9. Re Last name says:

    Looks delicious!

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  10. Wow, I can’t wait to try these. They look delicious.

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  11. I eat gluten, but I often enjoy gluten free foods just for a change of pace as many of them are quite good.

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  12. Erin Bosco says:

    I don’t eat gluten free, but these cookies sound delicious!

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  13. Carly Bulger says:

    My mother had been having the worst stomach aches went to her doctor and just found out she has celiac. So now we’re making lots of changes and these cookies sound just great for her :)

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  14. My sister eats mostly gluten-free, and I have been trying to incorporate more gluten-free foods into my family’s diet!

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  15. Emily Neff says:

    My husband is gluten and dairy intolerant as well as a bunch of gluten-free staple grains. We are in the process of getting the whole house free from the foods he can’t eat. I have a toddler and infant and we will all be eating “free.”

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  16. Beth Mickens says:

    I eat gluten-free because as I research more and more, I come to find that gluten isn’t the best for our bodies. Plus I feel better on a gluten-free diet.

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  17. I don’t eat gluten free, but I like to diversify! I have friends who don’t eat gluten due to sensitivities in our veg group, and so it’s a fun challenge to come up with recipes they can have too! :)

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  18. i dont eat gluten free but my friend does. These cookiees look so good!

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  19. Adam says:

    there are a few gluten-free products i buy and meals that i make.. not specifically because they’re gluten-free, they just happen to be..

    but i do know people with celiac disease that have to follow it, and there are many many products available now and tips and tricks to make it not as much of a challenge as it used to be

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  20. Amy Davidson says:

    Personally, I don’t eat gluten-free, but I am supportive of those who do!

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  21. My husband can’t eat gluten

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  22. I do not eat gluten-free, but I have a coworker who does and I’m always trying to make new treats that he can enjoy as well!

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  23. Fran Meadow says:

    I eat gluten free and have been experimenting with bread recipes recently.

    I will have to give these lovely cookies a try. Thank you for sharing.

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  24. Angela Toole says:

    wow! beautiful.

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  25. Judy Goodman says:

    I have 2 grandsons who have celiac’s. I like to make cookies with them so this will be great for our next get together!

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  26. One of my friends recently found out that she is gluten intolerant. I looked up some gf breads and have started making some glutenfree sandwich breads for her

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