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No Bake Thumbprint Cookies

By Dan Marek

This recipe is inspired by a recipe by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat for Health.  These cookies are easy to make, and great for the holidays. 

Try using different kinds of preserves for a variety of flavors.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats

  • 3/4 c. dates, pitted

  • 1-1/2 c. almond butter

  • 1/2 c. shredded coconut

  • 1 orange, zested and juiced

  • 1/2 t. cinnamon

  • pinch of sea salt (optional)

  • 100% all -fruit preserves

Instructions

Soak dates in warm water to cover for 10-15 minutes.  Grind oats in a blender or food processor.  Pour into a bowl and set aside.  Place dates in the food processor with 1/2c. of soaking liquid and puree.  Add to oats, along with almond butter, coconut, orange zest and juice, and spices.  Knead together until a dough is formed.  Form into balls and press down in middle with thumb. Place a small amount of preserves in the indentation.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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