treatment for alopecia

Thumb Print Cookies

by Emma on January 18, 2012

in Breakfast,Dessert,Snacks,Vegan

Do you remember elementary art class? I think it was around 3rd grade (or maybe 2nd?) that we made little clay bowls by pressing our thumbs into a ball of clay and pinching up the sides. Mine was purple (after we glazed them), at least that’s how I remember it.

I killed it at thumb print bowls. Killed it.

Every clay project after that… uh… not so much. I think I made a spotted dinosaur (Stegosaurus, of course) at one point that was pretty good. But I didn’t really progress much after the thumb print bowl.

Making these cookies brought back those early art lessons for me. The thrill of succeeding at something new, that’s got to be one of the sweetest things about childhood.

That and not having bills. Bills totally blow.

Cookies are probably another highlight of either childhood or adulthood. Always good. And these are a real treat! Fun to make, delicious to eat and very healthy over all. They are sweetened with pure maple syrup and enhanced with barley flour.

Don’t even get me started on barley flour! I went to the health food store because I knew I needed barley flour for these, and I came out with 3 other kinds of flours too. Their flour section is like a baker’s dream. Or maybe it’s just me. I don’t know. I’ve always wished a boy would bring me flours (no that was not a typo) like in the movie Stranger than Fiction. It’s my dream.


Thumb Print Cookies, makes two dozen. Recipe from My Father’s Daughter.

Needed: 2 cups barley flour, 1 1/2 cups ground almonds (do this in a food processor or buy them already crushed), 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup canola oil, 1/2 cup maple syrup, and your favorite jams for filling (I used a raspberry, plum and apricot).

In a bowl combine all ingredients except the jams. Using your clean hands roll dough into small balls, 1-2 tablespoon sized. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and use your thumb (or other finger if you really want to) to press a small well in the middle. Fill with jam. Bake at 350 F for 18-20 minutes. Enjoy with milk.

Coaster pictured was gifted to me by Crafted Love.

xo. Emma


Tish January 18, 2012 at 4:01 am

As a baker myself, that flours scene gets me every time. Swoon.
And, the rest of the movie. And, any movie with baking scenes. (The cupcake scene in Bridesmaids?! Scenes like that one are like my version of porn. Ha ha. Too personal?)

Lauren Helen January 18, 2012 at 4:06 am

These sound so good! I always loved the cookies with jam, and I have an over-abundance of barley flour from the last cake I made as well as a jar of almond flour! These will be so simple! Thanks!

Michele January 18, 2012 at 4:23 am

I’ve been trying to eat ‘cleaner’ lately and have seen the crazy amount of different flours available. I’m nervous that a certain flour will mess a recipe up! What is the best way to keep it straight which flour you can and can’t use?

Have been greatly enjoying your blog since I found it. (smile)


Karli January 18, 2012 at 6:47 am

Oh these look great but in Australia they’re called Jam Drops and we made them from when I was a little girl – great for kids cos it is fun to stick your finger in food!

Mariana January 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

Looks great. Cookies with jam are the best! And with milk or coffee… Mmm… :)

The life after January 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

So delicious!!!

The Life After

hannah alehandra January 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

I love thumbprint cookies, they’re so cute and nostalgic. They seem like such an innocent little treat, too. Send me some of these to England, please :)

Ashleigh January 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

I always knew you were awesome, but this post totally confirmed it! Stegosaurus obviously the best dinosaur AND that Stranger than Fiction scene is my dream too!! Sending you love from Aus

debbie January 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

oh my gosh how cute!

Sarah Rooftops January 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Oh, the flours were so sweet. They made me wish I baked and had a bakery and met a guy who hadn’t seen that film but would love it when he did and realised he’d made the same gift giving pun as Harold Crick.

Emilia January 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I love the top photo of the thumbprint cookies, they look adorable and quite tasty! I definitely want to make these now, more fun than elementary school art class for sure ;)

Lina January 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Aww! My grandmother used to make these, and they were always one of my favourites. They’re not one of the thousands of Christmas cookies that my mother has taken on board, so I guess that mantle will be taken up by me!

I mean, you can still make Christmas cookies in January, right?

Mama Smith @projectlittlesmith January 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I loved those clay pots too! I called them “pinch pots” and I still have one painted like the american flag (I think it was used as an ashtray though for a bit during college). The cookies look great and love your photos as always.

JIN @ Love Loss & Lacquer January 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm

…everytime I come to your blog, I get insanely hungry

chelsea January 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I got asked to prom in HS with a bag of flour! There was also a note that said “Oops, I got the wrong kind. Go to prom with me anyways?”

These cookies look delicious! Thank you for sharing vegan recipes. They’re not as intimidating as I thought…

Georgina January 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm

The ‘flours’ thing totally gets me every time too. SO cute, and so lovely. I don’t want flours, I’m not much of a baker, but that kind of personal gesture…swoon.

heidi January 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm

thank you, emma, for a great vegan recipe! i went to my local whole foods and spent almost $4 on instant gratification vegan cookies. not too costly unless you consider that was for 5 bite-size cookies. eek…so much more cost effective to bake them yourself.

Becca January 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Oh I LOVE stranger than fiction! I think its soooo sweet, and Maggie Gyllenhall is so adorable in that film! Every alternative girls idol!

I also adore any cookie with jelly- remember when girl scouts made a cookie with a little jelly center? I used to sneak in and lick the jelly out, putting all the cookies back in the bag (sans jelly of course) when I was finished being a little deviant.

Courtney January 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I get the same way with the abundance of flours in the health foods store, especially if they have a bulk section! I think I have about 12 or so types of flour in my fridge right now taking up half of the space, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Holly (The Apiarist) January 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Ooh! These look like little jewels. Almost too cute to eat. (Almost.)

Collette Osuna January 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

The monute I saw thes on the Bloglovin reader, I instantly thought of baking Christmas cookies with my mother.
She passed away when I was 15, I treasure those memories, and of course bakign these little beauties with her:)

Thanks for the memory today!!!

irene wibowo January 19, 2012 at 2:32 am

yummy.. :) Irene Wibowo

Katia January 19, 2012 at 3:26 am

These look SUPER delicious, I definitely want to try these out!


Jen @ pretty plate January 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm

These look good, real good. I’ve dabbled in the pinch pot craft myself; I’ll have to put those skills to work and try these cookies!

: ))

Malina January 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I love these. I used to make them with my mom when I was little, usually for christmas. But they are too good to be only made for christmas, they are better as all-over-the-year cookies. :)

Ali January 22, 2012 at 3:20 am

your comment about Stranger than Fiction flour made my day. I love Maggie G’s character in it. :) I will be sure to try this cookie recipe.

Mich January 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Mmmm! How heavenly these look! I’m thinking they will be my baking project of the weekend. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe :)