No Bake Jam Thumbprint Cookies are a crazy-easy raw, vegan, gluten free cookie that will keep you happy and your kitchen cool during the Summer! Plus I can’t help but complain about how overheated I got at a concert this weekend…
Quick little love story for you:
Four years ago (June 11th to be exact) I went to a concert alone. I was just getting comfortable enough with my singledom: going to movies alone, buying bottles of wine I wanted to try and commencing to drink them (maybe too many of them?), reading magazines and books while sitting alone at a table in public, and finally buying tickets [ticket] to see my lifelong-favorite band in concert, solo.
It was a Goo Goo Dolls concert, by the way.
I’m a music person, totally emotionally invested in the music I listen to and almost unable to confess what’s on my playlists because it’s very personal to me. I take things to heart. So, the Goo and I go way back in a deep way, but you can insert your favorite band into my story to really get what I’m saying.
Anyways. I went to this concert. It was amazing and liberating and I did it all alone. Then, I met my then roommate at her boyfriend’s house so I could meet him and his roommate for the first time.
Fast forward (I’ll spare you the details for now) FOUR YEARS. That roommate’s boyfriend’s roommate is my husband. SERIOUSLY!
So, when I saw that there was a Goo Goo Dolls concert in town, just one evening after our four year dating anniversary (Am I allowed to keep celebrating those? Because I don’t think I could let July 11th pass without thinking about it, because that’s the day I finally caved and let that guy with blue eyes take me on a real date.), I saw it as fate and bought those tickets!
I was so so excited to share my next Goo concert with my husband, my love. What I didn’t take into account was the HEAT!
The concert was amazing, but by the end of the night I was in a severe heat exhausted state, nauseous to an unbearable level and crippled by a slamming headache and eager to get in bed and sleep it off. Booo.
[I guess I learned the definition of "die hard fan" when I could barely walk to the car and was doubled over and blinded by nausea by the time I got there, all because I refused to leave early. I had no clue I was that kind of person!]
So! Today’s recipe is a no-bake cookie, start to finish.
The recipe was one I found in Vegetarian Times and couldn’t pass up! Raw jam thumbprint cookies?! Yes please!
I used a mix of whatever berries were in my fridge for the jam, so just use whatever floats your boat!
- ⅔ cup raw cashews
- 2 Tbs. melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp. water
- 2 pitted dates
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- ¾ cup raw or rolled oats
- ½ cup mixed berries (I used strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
- 3 Tbs. water
- 3 pitted dates
- 1 Tbs. chia seeds
- In a small food processor, pulse the dates a few times to get them chopped up a little. Then, add the cashews, coconut oil, water, dates and vanilla and grind for 2-3 minutes, until a thick (but still slightly granular) paste forms. Finally, add the sea salt and oats and pulse until combined and the "dough" is all stuck together.
- Use a small cookie scoop to scoop the dough (pack it into the scoop tightly) into balls, using your hands to carefully pack the dough ball even more together then pressing an indentation into the middle for the jam. Place each cookie onto a cookie sheet covered with a piece of parchment. Place the molded cookies in the fridge for 2 hrs (or covered with plastic wrap overnight) to set up.
- In a small food processor, combine the berries, water and dates. Blend until almost smooth (a few small chunks is just fine). Then add the chia seed and pulse a few times.
- Add 1 tsp. of jam to each cookie then let them refrigerate for another hour.
- Keep the extra jam in a jar in the fridge for future treats.
- Cookies will keep for up to a week in the fridge in a tightly-sealed container.
PS I don’t know if that was more of a love story between a band and me or my husband and me…
Oh and if you love jam thumbprints as much as I do, try these too.