Thumbprint Cookies with Blackberry Chia Jam

Over the weekend I did some experimenting in the kitchen and came up with a tasty little cookie that even my pickiest eaters scarfed down and asked for more.

It’s a dessert, of course, and who doesn’t love sweets?  I always had a major sweet tooth and baking has always been the only cooking I’ve really enjoyed.

Thumbprint Cookies with Blackberry Chia Jam (sugar and gluten free)

These cookies are sweet as well as sugar and gluten free!  As I was sampling my first one I thought I couldn’t really tell they were sugar free but assumed it was because I’ve been off sugar for a few months.  Then, as my oldest was eating some, she also mentioned she couldn’t tell they weren’t made with sugar.  I think having naturally sweet and tart blackberries helps.

Thumbprint Cookies with Blackberry Chia Jam (sugar and gluten free)

My oldest, whose 14, picks wild blackberries every summer and we freeze bags full of them.  They’re smaller and the seeds seem larger than store bought blackberries but they also seem sweeter with a stronger flavor.  They are sooo yummy!

Thumbprint Cookies with Blackberry Chia Jam

Dry ingredients:

2 C almond meal

1/4 C coconut flour

1/4 C xylitol

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t stevia concentrate powder, or to taste

1/2 t salt

1/2 t baking soda

Wet ingredients:

1/2 C butter, softened

1 egg

1/4 t raw apple cider vinegar (you can’t taste it at all and it helps them rise)

In a bowl mix all of the dry ingredients together then add wet ingredients and mix until very well incorporated   Divide and shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.  Press your thumb half way into the center of each cookie making a well to place the jam in after baking.  Bake them in a 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies just begin to brown.

Once cookies are baked and cooled fill the center of each cookie with 1 1/2 tsp of jam.  Store uneaten cookies in the refrigerator.  This recipe make 24 cookies.

Blackberry Chia Jam

2 C frozen blackberries

2 T lemon juice

2 T chia seeds

1/2 t stevia concentrate powder, or to taste

In a small saucepan heat the frozen berries and lemon juice to a simmer and cook until berries are soft.  Remove pan from heat, stir in chia seeds, and smash up the berries with the back of a spoon or a potato masher.  Stir in stevia and allow the jam to cool in the refrigerator or stick it in the freezer for about 5 or 10 minutes.

Printable Recipe Here