A Christmas Foodie idea for the vegan in your life! Vegan Thumbprint Cookie mix in a jar, our Laughing Lemon Pie Christmas Foodie No. 14.
This fantastic recipe was graciously given to LLP at our tour of the new Whole Foods Bradburn in Westminster (full-sized (ie readable) recipe image at bottom of post).
I made them last night and promptly realized what a great mix this would be to share with our vegan friends. Since not everyone has a mini-food processor (though everyone should!) and I have way too many almonds in my freezer, I blitzed up a couple recipe’s worth of the dry mix and poured into jars for gift giving.
This recipe is super simple and very kid-friendly. It’s a forgiving dough, no baking soda or powder so no need to rush these into the oven. Also it could easily be made gluten-free by subbing in a GF flour.
- * Note this recipe is derived from one created by Whole Foods Market and provided to Laughing Lemon Pie by Whole Foods Market Bradburn.
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Place almonds and oats in a food processor.
- Pulse until coarsely ground.
- Transfer to a bowl and whisk in the flour and salt.
- Transfer mix to a 24oz canning jar - a canning funnel works wonders for this step!
- Instructions should read: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Pour contents of jar into a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup oil + 1/2 cup maple syrup. Mix thoroughly. Roll dough into balls and place 2" apart on a baking sheet. Make a well in each with your thumb. Fill the indentation with jam of your choice. Bake approximately 18 minutes.
All your vegan friends have to do is add 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup maple syrup! Simple! Make a little well in each dough ball and fill it with the jam of your or their choice – it would be really sweet and over-achieving to include a small pot of homemade jam with this cookie mix, wouldn’t it? That would be over the top and divine. Alternately, these would be super genius with nutella in the middle (o.m.g.) or as a modern, heart-healthy take on those cookies with the Hershey’s Kisses smooshed in the middles. Oh man, now I’m giving me ideas…
A few notes: This recipe won’t fit in a standard 12 oz jar (unless you skip the flour, which is an option, but not as convenient for the receiver). However, it doesn’t quite fill a 24oz jar either. So you’ll have a lot of headspace, as they call it in the canning world. To make your gift more attractive therefore and mask the unfilled-ness, you’ll need a longer than usual piece of fabric to cover the top (if that is the style of “wrapping” you’re going with). 8×8 minimum. If you get yourself to a fabric store in January you can pick up as many yards of as many patterns of Christmas-themed fabric as you like. I use this fabric for wrapping foodie gifts like this, but also as eco-friendly reusable Christmas wrapping.
As promised, here is the full and wonderful recipe as provided to us by the kind folks at Whole Foods Bradburn.
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