Enjoy these gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free strawberry thumbprint cookies any time of the year. Who knew a thumbprint cookie could be this good for you and still taste amazing.
Thumbprint cookies are traditionally a buttery shortbread-like cookie rolled in finely chopped nuts and filled with jam or preserves. My mother made shortbread cookies between Thanksgiving and Christmas and I’ve been known to make them during the spring and summer months as well. Both my daughters are gluten-free and one of them also dairy-free. Up until a few months ago my girls hadn’t had the pleasure of trying thumbprint cookies. I really felt like they were missing out and I want them to have the opportunity to enjoy all the traditional treats I had growing up.
The base for this Strawberry Thumbprint recipe actually comes from another recipe I created – Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies. They were such a hit, and so easy to make, I decided to use the same base ingredients for this cookie recipe. You can use no-sugar-added strawberry preserves to keep these refined-sugar-free as well (a Paleo option). This recipe is loaded with healthy fats and full bodied flavors. The combination of the pecans, maple syrup, and strawberry preserves reminds me of a PB&J (peanut butter and jelly sandwich) on whole wheat, a childhood favorite of mine that I still enjoy, just on gluten-free bread.