Paleo “Peanut Butter” Thumbprint Cookies

It’s March and that means I am officially don’e with winter, but winter isn’t done with me which is not ideal.  I have started searching flights on Kayak and Southwest and getting the itch to go somewhere where spring has actually sprung 🙂 I am heading to Dallas in a couple weeks though to watch some friends run a marathon, so that should be enough to get me by for another month… probably.

There are a LOT of things that make me happy in the summer, I could go on and on and it would make me a little depressed since that is so far from now, but one of the things that made me the happiest growing up were the GLORIOUS blackberries that grew all over my yard.  There were so many and they ripened SO fast that you could pick buckets of them and eat them as you went and you would still not get them all before they went bad.  They were always juicy and sun-kissed and perfectly plump… I can almost taste them now. My absolute favorite was baking a batch of peanut butter cookies, you know the ones with the fork marks across the top, and smash the blackberries on top. It was like the perfect peanut butter and jelly combination.

This childhood fave was what inspired these “peanut butter” thumbprint cookies! You can make them in the tradionational fashion and eat them plain or you can make them AMAZING but using your favorite flavor of jam/jelly/preserves to turn them into thumbprints! I used fig spread because I totally miss it spread on crackers with brie, but blackberry jam would be my close second.  Strawberry? Apricot? Grape? Whatever floats your jammy boat 🙂

I hope ya’ll have a lovely weekend, its supposed to be in the 40s here!!! That’s like a total revelation and I am going outside without a coat, so there.

The Freckled Foodie

“Peanut Butter” Thumbprint Cookies!


Plain “Peanut Butter” Cookies!

perfectly nutty and chewy like the original

Paleo “Peanut Butter” Thumbprint Cookies

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  • Cook time:
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  • Yield: 18-24
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Dessert, Treat, Cookie, Baked Good


  • 1/2 c Sunflower seed butter
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 2 tbsp raw Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c Almond flour
  • 1/2 c Cashew meal, can sub almond meal
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • a few tsps of your favorite Jam/Jelly/Preserves/Fruit spread (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Mix wet ingredients in a small bowl until well incorporated
  3. Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl and add the wet ingredients
  4. Place batter in the fridge for a half hour
  5. Scoop 1/2 tbsp sized cookies and place on the cookie sheet 2 inches apart
  6. Press down with a fork twice in opposing directions for traditional cookies (grease the fork if it sticks to the dough)
  7. Use a small spoon or your thumb to press a divot into the dough and spread the cookies a bit for the thumbprints
  8. Bake for 7 minutes or until the edges just start to brown
  9. Let cool fully on the cookie sheet
  10. Add a tsp of your jam of choice into the divots on your thumbprints
  11. These are the BEST the day after they are made and keep well in an airtight container on the counter for a up to a week
  12. Enjoy!

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Comments: 3

  1. Adrienne T March 19, 2014 at 8:04 pm Reply

    I haven’t cooked/baked with over half the ingredients you listed. Since, I’m a neebie to the Paleo way of life I guess I will be cleaning out my pantry/fridge and heading to Whole Foods. Cookies look delicious! I will post after I make my batch.

    (P.S. Cute story about the blackberries. I grew up in Wisconsin and the farmers would encourage everyone to eat while we filled our buckets with strawberries and raspberries. Great memories!

  2. Jo September 21, 2014 at 9:33 am Reply

    Do you think this might work with all cashew meal?? Im out of almond meal!!! Really wanna make these with raspberry jam i just canned.

    • thefreckledfoodie September 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm Reply

      Jo, yes that should work just fine! I bet they will be amazing 🙂

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