Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with Chocolate Tahini. These don’t much explanation because this time a picture is worth a thousand words.
THESE ARE THE BEST COOKIES I HAVE EVER MADE! Seriously – I have never eaten so many cookies in one day before!
What makes these Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies so good? Let me tell you
- Dark Chocolate
- Tahini Fudge (YUM)
- No expensive flours
The cacao nib base is one of my all-time favorite recipes. I have used this thumbprint cookie base as a pie crust, cheesecake crust and even in my raspberry thumbprint cookies. It is incredibly simple dough with zero flour, nutrient dense and actually pretty low in sugar.
A lot of chocolate thumbprint cookies are just filled with straight up chocolate or even Hershey kisses but I I thought I would elevate this thumbprint game and make a chocolate tahini fudge.
How to Make these Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
You start by adding the pecans, cacao nibs, chia seeds, baking soda and salt to a food processor and your pulse until you have a coarse meal. Then you add the maple syrup and pulse until it forms a ball.
Scoop out the about a tablespoon of the cookie batter and roll it in to a ball and place it on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then you just take your thumb or the back of a wooden spoon and give the cookie a thumb size indentation.
Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. If they puff up too much and your thumbprint is not as defined just use that same wooden spoon to flatten down that section.
While the chocolate thumbprint cookies are baking you want to make the tahini fudge. Melt the chocolate and stir in the creamy tahini. Then you fill the thumbprints with some of your chocolate tahini mixture.
I usually like to chill them in the refrigerator until the chocolate has set. You can also just leave them out on the counter if you have the time.
A few common questions
What are Cacao nibs?
Cacao nibs are actually pieces of cocoa beans. They have a really rich chocolate flavor and also give a great crunch to desserts or smoothies. They are also high in many minerals and anti-oxidants.
Is there a substitute for the Pecans?
Yes, you could substitute another tree nut such as walnuts. I have not tried any other tree nut though so I can’t 100% that another one will work.
Is the flavor of Tahini strong?
Absolutely not. It is actually pretty subtle in this recipe but the nuttiness pairs perfectly with the pecans and cacao nibs.Print
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies made with tahini, pecans and cacao nibs. No speciality flours required.
- 2 cups pecan halves
- ½ cup cacao nibs
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ¼ cup maple syrup
Chocolate Tahini Fudge
- 4oz dark chocolate, melted
- 3 Tbsp Tahini
- Salt Flakes (optional garnish)
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add the pecans, cacao nibs, chia seeds, baking soda and salt to a food processor and pulse for 10-15 seconds or until everything is coarsely chopped. Add the maple and pulse until the dough starts to form in to a ball.
- Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and roll in to a ball and place on the baking sheet. Use your thumb to make an imprint in the middle of the cookie. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Cook for 8-10 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges and remove from the oven. You may need to use your thumb or the back of a spoon to make an imprint again after it rises in the oven.
- Melt the chocolate and mix it with the tahini.
- Scoop 1-2 teaspoons of the chocolate filling in to each cookie. Place in the refrigerator until chocolate has set completely. Top with sea salt flakes if desired.
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