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Orange Date Coconut Thumbprint Cookies are chewy on the inside with crunchy edges, and a delicious orange date filling. Yum-yum! They’re the perfect vegan cookie for an anytime treat.
This post is sponsored by Natural Delights Medjool Dates. For full disclosure, please read below at the end of the post.
We’ve partnered with Natural Delights Medjool Dates once again to bring you these yummy Orange Date Coconut Thumbprint Cookies which are really easy to make and delicious to enjoy at any time.
By now you know that the Medjools from Natural Delights are one of my staple ingredients; I use these dates all the time in so many preparations. They are great as a natural sweetener in smoothies, sauces and desserts. I also really enjoy munching on them as a healthy snack whenever I need something sweet on-the-go to keep me going.
I love Medjools not only for the taste and texture but also for their excellent nutrient profile. Due to their medium glycemic index score, they don’t make your blood sugar spike and are also a great source of fibre. They are low in fat, high in antioxidants and packed with nutrients like potassium. By weight, Medjool dates contain 50% more potassium than bananas. These Medjools are also a good source of copper, magnesium, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, iron and vitamin K.
Natural Delights Medjool Dates are not dried dates but rather a fresh fruit available year-round. You’ll find them in the produce section of grocery stores. I’m really happy to know that they contain no sulphites or preservatives. Although they keep well at room temperature, I’ve found in warmer weather it’s best to keep them refrigerated to keep their freshness.
These Medjools come in whole, pitted and chopped versions for your convenience and also in organic. You’ll find a range of other products, such as the Mini Medjools which are really delicious and available in a few different flavours. Check out the Natural Delights website where you’ll also find the nutrition facts and a store locator for the products.
Orange Date Coconut Thumbprint Cookies
Thumbprint cookies are usually shortbread-based and filled with a fruity jam. In this recipe, the jam is substituted with date paste flavoured with orange juice. The result is not only pretty delicious but also cuts down on the sugar with added fibre.
The addition of coconut flakes and whole spelt flour in the dough yield a more tender and moist cookie with fragrant coconutty texture.
The dough (unbaked) can be made and kept frozen until needed. Just defrost in once ready to use. For best results, wait until the day of serving to fill and bake the cookies.
I hope you’ll enjoy making and munching on these yummy thumbprint cookies. If you do give them a try, take a pic and tag #veganlovlie @veganlovlie #MedjoolDates #ndmedjooldates so I can marvel at your beautiful creations. Also, follow along on Facebook and Pinterest for the latest recipe and video updates.
- 6 - 7 Natural Delights Medjool dates
- 120 ml orange juice, about 2 juicy oranges, adjust as needed
- 45 ml (3 tablespoons) melted vegan butter
- 45 ml (3 tablespoons) melted coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons Turbinado or coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 80 g (1/2 cup) all-purpose flour
- 80 g (1/2 cup) whole spelt flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- Pinch of salt
- 1-3 tablespoons coconut milk, or other non-dairy milk or orange juice
- Pit and chop dates into small pieces, then place them in a bowl with 120 ml orange juice. Let stand for at least 20 minutes or until soft and easy to mash.
- Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, whisk the sugar, melted butter, coconut oil and vanilla.
- Gradually add in the flours, together with the baking powder, salt and coconut flakes. Stir and mix. The mixture will start to clump.
- Add the coconut milk one tablespoon at a time until the mixture starts to come together as a dough (about 1-3 tablespoons).
- Take about a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Place on a baking sheet. Using your index finger or thumb, or a scoop-shaped measuring teaspoon, press a thumbprint into the centre of each ball, (if edges of cookie start to break, simply press back together).
- By now most of the orange juice would have been absorbed by the dates. Mash the soaked dates with a fork or place in a mini food processor, or using a hand blender, blend for 2 minutes until dates become smooth and jammy.
- Fill each thumbprint hole with a small amount of the date mixture.
- Bake cookies at 190°C/375°F for 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before eating.
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