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Gluten Free Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

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Most nights, I don’t think I dream. However, the few times I do, I hardly ever seem to remember what it was I dreamed about. I think I can use one hand to count the number of dreams that I can remember vividly.

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One such dream happened a few nights ago; in my dream, I woke up and came to the kitchen to get the coffee brewing – much like I do every morning; when I stopped, shocked to see someone in my kitchen. At first, I wasn’t sure I recognized the person – but then – then it became clear that the person in my kitchen was a smiling, younger version of my dad. He was standing at my microwave in a red plaid shirt, reheating his coffee, and smiling.

Maybe it’s because we are coming up on the anniversary of his death, that I remembered that dream… or that I even dreamed that dream. Between my mom, sister and I, I am supposed to be the strong one, the one who holds it together and doesn’t fall apart, the one who can always manage to put the fact that he isn’t suffering anymore, over the fact that he is missed.

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But, appearances are sometimes just appearances. I think about my dad often, I miss his gentle spirit, his smiling face, his ability to always look for the good in people and always ask them how they were doing. And, his unwavering love of all things sweet!

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So, in honor of his love of dessert after dinner and after lunch, and, sometimes even after breakfast, I made these thumbprint cookies.

Now, these are not as buttery and melt-in-your-mouth as traditional thumbprint cookies, nor do they have "prints" of jam. Heck, I didn’t even use my thumb to make the prints (I used a spoon). These are instead gluten free, oat filled, cookies – made with coconut oil instead of butter, and flavored with anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate and Saigon cinnamon. I would let my daughter eat these after dinner or after lunch or even after breakfast – actually – these were breakfast this morning! 

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Gluten Free Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Shashi Charles
Gluten Free Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are rich and chocolatey. Fill the thumbprint however you like!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 15 1 cookie
Calories 255.78 kcal


  • 2 Certified Gluten Free Oats Ground
  • 0.66 Brown Sugar
  • 0.75 Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Saigon Cinnamon
  • 2 Baking Powder
  • 0.5 Salt
  • 2 Egg
  • 0.5 Coconut Oil Melted
  • 5 Peanut Butter
  • 0.5 Dark Chocolate Melted


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grind oats in a blender or food processor to make a flour.
  • Melt coconut oil into liquid using stovetop or microwave.
  • Combine ground oats, brown sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, eggs, and melted coconut oil in a large bowl. Mix them together well.
  • Form the dough into circles on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.
  • Flatten circles slightly, and using a spoon, make indents in circles.
  • Spoon peanut butter OR melted chocolate into "thumbprints" created by the spoons.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Let cool and drizzle with more melted chocolate, if desired.


Calories: 255.78kcalCarbohydrates: 24.35gProtein: 4.8gFat: 15.53gSaturated Fat: 8.47gSodium: 106.22mgFiber: 2.53gSugar: 11.75g
Keyword Baked, Baking, Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Family Meals and Snacks, Gluten Free Baking, Gluten Free Desserts, Snacks
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