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Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

This recipe for thumbprint cookies comes from the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the legendary Buddhist monastery in California. And I’ll say this, those monks make some mean cookies. Actually, since they are vegan, I guess they’d be more properly classified as kind. All I know is that they are as wholesome and healthy as they are delicious, a bit of a Buddhist miracle. Yum.

1 cup unbleached flour
2 cups almonds, ground
4 cups baby rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup jam, thinned with water

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, almonds, oats, and salt.

2. In another bowl, mix together the syrup and oil. Add to the dry ingredients using your hands to mix well. Let dough stand for 15 minutes before using.

3. Roll dough into 3/4-inch balls. Place close together on baking sheets. Make a little dent in the top of each ball and fill them with 1/2 teaspoon (or less) of the jam. Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly brown. Do not over bake. Cool on a wire rack.

Variation: You can replace 1/4 cup of the oil with 1/2 cup of peanut butter.

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Adapted from Tassajara Cookbook by Karla Olivera (Gibbs Smith, 2007)

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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3:06AM PDT on May 14, 2013

Thank you :)

1:40PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Thank you

8:09AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012


7:45AM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Thank you

9:19AM PST on Dec 10, 2011

I didn't know oats have babies, but I guess it makes sense. :o)

1:55AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

It looks great!

11:19AM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

I've actually made these cookies with a very similar recipe. They are delicious!

5:09PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

Mmmm sounds good

10:45AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

I cannot wait to try this!

12:22PM PDT on May 27, 2011


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