Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
Before I share this Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookie story let me just defend myself.
I don’t have anything against Vegans. I actually quite admire them for their perseverance in a very challenging dietary world. I also don’t subconsciously have anything against Vegans (well, not that I know of anyway). I love bacon and crackling; pigs are a wonderfully versatile snack food. I am notoriously bad at retelling stories and jokes. So much so that listening to myself makes the memory less funny.
One recent Friday I was so super excited! I had finally made a vegan cookie that tasted great, my new spiralizer had arrived and I had made every vegetable in the fridge into pasta and I had made some tasty pork balls. It was a great day and I wanted to share my new found delights with my friends.
I arrived at work and excitedly pulled out my new wares to show my work friends. As I gushed over my new spiralizer and fawned over Peter Evans new Cook Book, I gave my Vegan colleague a small container with what I thought were these Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies….but they were not. They were the pork balls instead. I had (accidentally) given my Vegan friend delicious pig snorting spicy pork balls!
Being the polite friend that she is she tasted it, just in case I had made pork flavoured chocolate cookies (there’s an idea!), before spitting it out.
We were in hysterics. My mistake had turned out to be the funniest carnivore-vegan moment ever. We laughed so hard that I was crying, and continued to laugh at 5 minute intervals for the rest of the day as I remembered my stupidity. Funniest moment ever; unless of course you don’t eat meat!
And if you don’t eat meat then you’ll love these cookies (which, once she got rid of the pork taste, my friend did enjoy). They are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, and free of any and all pork products.
- 1 cup Desiccated, unsweetened Coconut
- 1/2 cup Dates
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Cocoa
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 recipe of Caramel (see recipe below)
- 30 grams Chocolate (see recipe below)
- (You will only need1/2 for the cookies. Trust me; make the whole batch because you will be licking the saucepan clean it tastes that good!)
- 1 can Coconut Cream (400ml can)
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
- Dash of salt
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Cocoa
- 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup
- Pre heat the oven to 175C/350F.
- Line and grease a baking tray.
- Place the coconut, dates, maple syrup, cocoa and vanilla in a Blender.
- Mix until the dates are broken down and the mixture is smooth.
- Measure 1 Tablespoon of mixture and roll into 9-10 balls.
- Using your thumb or the back of a teaspoon, flatten the balls and make an indentation in the centre of the cookie.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the tray. They will firm up as they cool.
- When the cookies are cool place a teaspoon of caramel in the indentation of each cookie.
- Melt the Chocolate in a saucepan and then drizzle over each cookie.
- Place coconut cream, maple syrup and salt in a saucepan over medium/high heat.
- Bring mixture to boil, then reduce to medium heat.
- Allow the mixture to boil until quite thick and dark golden in colour. Stir regularly to prevent burning.
- This will take 15-25 minutes (the timing will vary depending on the quality of your cream. Judge its readiness by the colour and reduction in volume to approximately 1/2 its original size).
- Add vanilla and stir
- The caramel will be dark golden in colour and delicious.
- Allow to cool completely before using (place it in the fridge for a quicker result).
- Store in the fridge
- Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over a very low heat.
- Add the maple syrup and cocoa and stir until combined and slightly thickened.
- Allow to cool slightly before using.
- If not using immediately, store in the freezer.