Are you guys enjoying all the Christmas treats I’ve been posting lately? I had so much fun making them and I hope you will have too. I believe even though we are on this path to a healthy lifestyle, we can still enjoy amazing desserts. That’s why this week I’ll been posting two more healthy Christmas cookies for you, cause the last thing that I want is for you to feel deprived during the holidays.
If you’re looking for a sweet treat, you’ll love these Nutella thumbprint cookies but also check out my Low-carb Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies, Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies, or any of these 12 Healthy Gluten-free Cookies Recipes if you want a healthy but satisfying treat!
This week I’m planning to bake more with my family (my mom, sister, nephew and son). I’m in Brazil for the holidays and every time I’m here, they beg me to make cookies. They love them 😉 And of course I’ll make them, because I want to create memories with them. But I also don’t want to load my boys with sugar. So, I thought we could make healthier cookies and still have fun and enjoy these especial moments.
I am sure with these Sugar-free Nutella Thumbprint Cookies, you can absolutely indulge yourself and feel good about it. Trust me! And if you want, you can make them for gift giving to friends and family members because they make great edible gifts.
Let’s talk about these Sugar-free Nutella Thumbprint Cookies:
Sugar-free Homemade Nutella: I made these Sugar-free Nutella Thumbprint Cookies using my easy homemade sugar-free Nutella spread and it was delicious. This chocolate spread contains high quality fats from the hazelnuts and macadamia and it has much more good-ingredients for you than the store bought Nutella.
It’s super creamy and smooth with the addition of some coconut oil and also you’ll have the real taste of all the ingredients in there! This spread is also dairy-free. So, you don’t need to store it in the refrigerator. It can stay at room temperature for one week. But I don’t really think it will last that long because it’s super addictive. YUMMY!! If you want to make this recipe, click here to go to the tutorial.
Low-carb Almond Flour Dough: This dough is quick to make but I have to confess that the dough is a little bit crumbly. So it’s not the easiest dough to work with. It will stick when you press with your fingers together. Before you bake, shape the cookie dough into balls. And after that, make an indentation with your thumb into each ball. Probably the dough will crack a little when you press your thumb into it, but it’s not a big deal. You just have to re-seal some cracks by simply smooth it out with your fingers. It’s also totally fine to have a few cracks. Don’t worry about it.
These are the perfect treats for some of you who still want to stick to a diet or at least try to eat healthier as much as you can during the holidays. I totally believe that these cookies will make your holidays even better since you won’t feel bad after eating them.
More Healthy Cookies to Try:
- Cranberry Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies: Yummy low-carb and gluten-free treat to enjoy this holiday season. They are filled with sugar-free dried cranberries and sugar-free chocolate chips.
- Chocolate Almond Biscotti Cookies: A low-carb version of the traditional and classic Italian biscotti cookie. But it’s as good as the traditional recipe 😉
- Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies: They are made with almond flour, sugar-free chocolate, butter and natural sweetener. It’s so delicious that you won’t believe these cookies are actually healthier than the traditional shortbread cookie.
Sugar-free Nutella Thumbprint Cookies
- Pre-heat the oven to 350˚F. Line one large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a standard electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter, the sweetener and vanilla extract at medium speed until it becomes fluffy and well combined.
- Add ½ cup of almond flour at a time. Notice that the dough will be a little crumby, but it will stick when pressed together.
- After adding all the almond flour and everything is well combined, scoop about 1 tablespoon of the dough and shape it into balls. Make an indentation with your thumb into each ball. Probably the dough will crack a little when you press your thumb into it. You just have to re-seal some cracks by simply smooth it out with your fingers. But know that it’s totally fine to have a few cracks.
- Bake for about 12-14 minutes or until they get golden brown. The cookies will be very fragile when you remove from the oven. So, allow them to cool down for about 10 minutes before handling them.
- Fill each cookie with a 1/2 teaspoon of homemade sugar-free nutella. Enjoy!
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