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.