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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

These gluten free, butter free, cookies are perfect with coffee for breakfast or even for dessert – after breakfast!


Some people say we dream every night; but, most times, I have a hard time remembering any of mine. Sometimes, I’ll wake up feeling like I ran a marathon, but have no idea why or what or how…am I the only one?

However, every once in awhile, a dream will poke through into my subconscious state and I will remember it vividly! One such dream happened a few nights ago… in it, 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. Now, it’s just my daughter and I and our dogs at home… and … my daughter is not a morning person! 

Thumprint cookies

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 passing that I remembered that dream…or, that I even dreamed that dream in the first place. 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.

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!


So, in honor of his love of dessert – after dinner and after lunch, and, sometimes even after breakfast, I made these Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies.

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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, however, 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 – heck – actually – these were breakfast this morning!

Gluten Free Chocolate Drizzled Chocolate-Peanut-Butter Thumbprint Cookies @RunninSrilankan

This recipe first appeared on Food Fanatic – Looking for more recipe ideas and inspiration? Then please click HERE!

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[…] used old-fashioned oats and rice flour to keep these cookies gluten-free, much like these Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies. I have found that rice flour is one of the most budget-friendly gluten-free flours that work well […]

Thao @ In Good Flavor

Saturday 8th of August 2015

It sounds like your dad was a wonderful person. I'm sorry you miss him so. These cookies look delicious! I like that I can eat them anytime without the dreaded guilt.

Amanda @ .running with spoons.

Saturday 8th of August 2015

I'm all in favour of dessert after breakfast! Or... at any time of the day :P And it's even better when it's made with ingredients that are actually good for you. These look wonderful, Shashi! And I love that they're topped with [but] butter and more chocolate <3 Pinned!


Saturday 8th of August 2015

Holy moly! This is incredible! Gluten free? I couldn't believe it. Your ability to turn healthy into sexy blow my mind. Sharing!


Friday 7th of August 2015

You make THE BEST healthy snacks Shashi! Love this post, your dad sounds like a wonderful person! Pinning!


Friday 7th of August 2015

hanks so much Mira! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!