Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies
These irresistible chocolate peanut butter thumbprint cookies are perfect for the holidays or any day of the week! With a soft peanut butter base, a chocolate peanut butter filling and a touch of flaky sea salt for sprinkling, they’re vegan, dairy free and gluten free.
It’s time to get our bake on! We’ve had a week or so to settle and eat plenty of veggies after all that thanksgiving feasting. And now, now, we are ready to dive on in to holiday baking central.
First up? These salted chocolate peanut butter thumbprint cookies.
Yup, that name is totally a mouthful.
But! ALL components are totally essential to the deliciousness that is these cookies. Let’s discuss.
- We have a super simple & super tender peanut butter-y cookie base.
- We have a two-ingredient dark chocolate / peanut butter filling.
- We have a sprinkle of sparkle with flaky sea salt over the top.
All combining into two-bite nuggets of goodness that I made far more times than necessary in the name of “recipe testing.”
Umm, in the name of delighting my taste buds is more like it.
And when I finally stopped making them, even the husband was majorly disappointed. Cookie withdrawal to the max.
Tips & Tricks
- I would encourage you to stick with natural (i.e. drippy) peanut butter for this recipe. I did not test the cookies with regular peanut butter, so I can’t say how it would work if you made the substitution.
- Along those lines, I would also encourage you not to go rogue and try to use different kinds of flour. PLEASE stick with the blanched almond flour / oat flour combo! I use Bob’s Red Mill super-fine blanched almond flour and their oat flour (<— not sponsored – just what I use and would recommend). I tried these once with white whole wheat flour and almond flour and they just don’t turn out as well (the wheat flour overpowers all the other flavors).
- A note on allergies – if you have any, please be sure to read ingredient labels! This is important with the dark chocolate chips, oat flour, etc.
- Even after chilling in the fridge, the dough will be on the softer side when rolling into balls. But it’s okay – just roll with it (Ha! You know, as you literally roll it into balls.)
- And finally, let’s talk about the chocolate filling once you spoon it into the cookies. After setting for a short while, it will be more on the fudgy side. But after setting for a decent amount of time, it will harden up (i.e. so that you can stack them in a container for storage). But have no fear. The peanut butter keeps the chocolate “softer” when you bite into it – so it most definitely will not be super hard like a chocolate bar.
Additional Vegan Desserts You Might Enjoy:
- Vegan Chocolate Biscotti
- Vanilla Almond Vegan Biscotti
- Vegan Snowball Cookies
- Vegan Gingerbread Cake
- Dairy Free Hot Chocolate
- Vegan Apple Cobbler
- Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Clusters
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For the cookies:
- ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon blanched almond flour
- ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon oat flour
- ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil*
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter (stirred well)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the filling:
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips**
- 2 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter (stirred well)
- flaky sea salt, for sprinkling
For the cookies:
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, oat flour and sea salt. In another medium bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup, peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet and mix until combined.
- Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator and chill for 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Shape the chilled dough into about 1 to 1 ¼-inch balls (about a heaping tablespoon of dough). Place on the prepared baking sheet about 1 ½ to 2 inches apart. Use your thumb (or a wine cork works really well) to make a deep indentation in the center of each cookie.
- Bake for about 12 minutes, until set. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, use a small spoon (or the wine cork again) to reinforce the well in the center of each cookie.
- Let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before filling.
For the filling:
- Add the chocolate chips and peanut butter to a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until the mixture is smooth.
- Spoon some of the filling into the center of each cooled cookie. Top immediately with a sprinkle of sea salt.
- Let the cookies stand until the chocolate is set.
*Melt the coconut oil first and then measure out the correct amount.
**To keep these dairy free / vegan - be sure to use non dairy chocolate chips.
See the tips & tricks section in the post above for additional notes on the recipe!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g
Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.