When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth, few treats are as delightful as thumbprint cookies. Imagine biting into a soft almond-flour cookie with a burst of sweet, tangy raspberry jam in the center. These Vegan Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies are a perfect fusion of nutty goodness and fruity sweetness, making them an ideal choice for dessert or tea time.
Let's start by gathering the ingredients you'll need for these delectable cookies. Don't worry; we've sourced some high-quality, organic ingredients for you:For the Cookies:
- 1 cup almond flour - Buy Almond Flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour - Buy All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup vegan butter (room temperature) - Buy Vegan Butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar - Buy Granulated Sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract - Buy Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of salt - Buy Salt
- 1/2 cup raspberry jam or preserves - Buy Raspberry Jam
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar - Buy Powdered Sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons almond milk - Buy Almond Milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract - Buy Vanilla Extract
- Sliced almonds for garnish - Buy Sliced Almonds
Now that we have our ingredients ready, let's dive into the recipe.
Step 1: Prepare the Cookie Dough
In a mixing bowl, combine the almond flour and all-purpose flour. The almond flour adds a delightful nuttiness to the cookies, making them unique and flavorful.
Add the room-temperature vegan butter, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to the flour mixture. The vegan butter ensures these cookies are entirely plant-based and dairy-free.
Step 2: Mix and Chill
Use your hands or a mixer to blend the ingredients until a smooth cookie dough forms. Once the dough comes together, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. This chilling step helps the dough firm up, making it easier to work with
Step 3: Shape the Cookies
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take the chilled dough and roll it into small balls, approximately 1 inch in diameter. Place these balls on the baking sheet, leaving some space between each.
Step 4: Create Thumbprints
Using your thumb or the back of a spoon, make a small indentation in the center of each cookie. These thumbprints will hold the luscious raspberry jam.
Step 5: Fill with Raspberry Jam
Now comes the sweet surprise! Fill each thumbprint with a spoonful of raspberry jam or preserves. The vibrant red color and fruity flavor will contrast beautifully with the almond-rich cookie.
Step 6: Bake to Perfection
Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until they turn slightly golden around the edges. The aroma of almond and raspberry will fill your kitchen, building anticipation for your delightful treat.
Step 7: Optional Almond Glaze
While the cookies cool, you can prepare an optional almond glaze. Simply whisk together powdered sugar, almond milk, and a touch of vanilla extract until you achieve a smooth, pourable consistency.
Step 8: Drizzle with Glaze
Once the cookies have cooled for a few minutes, drizzle them with the almond glaze. The glaze will add a touch of sweetness and a nutty finish to these already wonderful treats.
Step 9: Garnish with Sliced Almonds
For the finishing touch, sprinkle some sliced almonds on top of the glaze. This not only adds a delightful crunch but also enhances the almond flavor in the cookies.
These Vegan Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies are a testament to how plant-based baking can be just as indulgent and delicious as traditional recipes. With their soft, almond-flour base and the burst of raspberry jam in the center, they are perfect for satisfying your sweet cravings during dessert time or elevating your tea time experience.