cherry almond thumbprint cookies

I am completely obsessed with making energy bites at the moment. As I explained in my ‘citrus energy bites‘ recipe, I’ve been making them in small batches every few days or so, so that I have some food already made for me to eat for breakfast. With each batch I make now, I like to get a bit more creative and add different types of ingredients to the bites. Lately, I’ve been more adventurous with different flavours, and I decided to try making some with almond extract. I’m so glad I decided to add it to my morning energy bites, as the almond flavour tastes so delicious! It’s like eating marzipan!

As soon as I tasted this mouthwatering marzipan flavour, I knew I had to somehow make it into a new recipe. I wanted to make something that was based on energy bites, but was in more of a raw cookie form… somewhere in-between the two. So, I decided that I would simplify my energy bite recipe into more of a raw cookie style mixture – with dates, almonds and other delicious ingredients, and then scoop a spoonful of St. Dalfour Black Cherry Jam into the middle of them, like a thumbprint cookie (which I hadn’t actually tried before making these – my inspiration to make them like thumbprint cookies came from the many beautiful pictures of them I’ve seen online).

After making the cookies, I took one taste and was instantly hooked on them. In fact, the majority of them were eaten in minutes! The cherry and almond combination in them is just so addictive. They’re full of flavour, and they make the perfect bite-sized treat. All you need is a food processor to make them. They’re so easy to whip up, and of course there’s no baking required so they’re ready in minutes! They also taste nice with a drizzle of dark chocolate on top too.

I hope you enjoy the recipe!

cherry almond thumbprint cookies

makes about 8 cookies


2/3 cup (90g) ground almonds

1/4 cup (25g) porridge oats

1/4 cup (45g) unsulphured dried apricots

5 large pitted medjool dates (115g)

3 tbsp almond butter

1/2 tsp almond extract

8 spoonfuls of cherry jam – I used St. Dalfour


  1. Add the ground almonds, oats, apricots, dates, almond butter and almond extract into a food processor, and blend for a few minutes until the mixture has formed a sticky crumb. It should stick between your fingers when you press it together.
  2. When this is done, take a small handful of the mixture and press it into a ball shape. Then, gently dent a dome in the middle of the ball, to make  a bowl shape with a thick edge. Do this very slowly and carefully, so that the mixture holds a circular shape and doesn’t crumble. Then, repeat these steps with the rest of the mixture, making about 8 cookies, until all of the mixture has been used up.
  3. Lastly, using a dessert spoon, scoop a spoonful of cherry jam into the middle of each cookie to finish, and serve.

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30 thoughts on “cherry almond thumbprint cookies

  1. They look so good! God bless you and yours. In Christ, Allen.

    1. Thank you so much Allen!

  2. Cherry and almond is one of my favourite flavour combinations. They do remind me of Mr Kipling Bakewells 🙂

    1. Me too Dannii!! Thank you!

  3. That’s the best thing about bites (and granola!) every time I make more (which is a lot) I never make the same one, it always gets more creative!

  4. Thumbprint cookies are so cute. 😀 I love these, and given the ingredients you used, I can see how you got hooked on em’–they look so tasty!

    1. Thank you so much Farrah!! <3

  5. I love thumb print cookies, so I am totally adoring this raw version, Harriet!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the cherry almond flavor! These are the perfect snack or little pick-me-up! Cheers, my dear! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Cheyanne! Cherry and almond is my favourite!

  6. Now I adore energy bites and I adore thumbprint cookies – but I don’t think I’ve ever had an energy bite thumbprint! Such a genius idea Harriet! Genius!

    1. Thank you so much Shashi!!!

  7. There are so many fruits in the mix here, I’m excited! And cuteness, lots of cuteness factor with these little bite sized cookies 🙂 I love the flavor of marzipan too, but I’ve never made a marzipan energy ball. And so simple to transform an energy ball into a cookie with room for filling!

    1. Thank you so much Natalie! I love marzipan!!!

  8. These cookies are so lovely that I feel like grabbing all of them. 🙂

  9. I love how creative you are with making recipes! That’s one thing I don’t know that I’ll ever be good at…so I’ll just come to you for inspiration haha

  10. I love these unusual and delicious thumbprint cookies!

  11. These cookies sound so tasty! Thumprints are my favourite and they taste so good with ground almonds. Definitely going to try these 🙂

  12. They look stunning! Love the short ingredient list 🙂 I’m obsessed with energy bites too! So handy to have so I don’t turn to the chocolate 😛

  13. interesting recipe Harriet! they look really delicious!

  14. Ohh!
    Super nice photos + that receipe sounds awesome!
    Very tasty!

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  15. Love energy bites! But cookies – even better! These look gorgeous and delicious!

  16. They look so good! And no need for any baking either … I’m sold!x

  17. Such a pretty, rustic little cookie. The flavors sound delicious too.

  18. There is something about the combination of cherries and almond that makes me smile, they just go so well together. And these thumbprint cookies look fabulously yum, Harriet. Love these tiny beauties.

  19. what are porridge oats??
    I would love to try these they look yummy and simple.!
    Thanks for the help!

    1. Hi Pam, thank you! I used oats that are the same as instant/quick oats – I’ve just always called them porridge oats, sorry! I’m sure you could use either the smaller/instant sized oats like I did, (like these or bigger rolled oats (like these as the food processor should break them both down in the same way. I hope this helps, and I really hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂

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