Paleo Raspberry Thumbprint Mini-Cakes

October 7, 2011

These bad boys are either enormous cookies, or really small cakes. Either way, they’re totally delicious. This recipe was thoroughly inspired by AndreAnna Mclean’s recipe for Flourless Grain-free Fig Newton Mini-Cakes.


  • 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond butter (12 oz)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 c. applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 jar fruit-juice sweetened raspberry jam (you wont need the whole jar)
  • parchment paper
  • 2 Tbs oil (grapeseed or olive oil will both work fine)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Throw the almond butter, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, and apple sauce into a food processor and blend.
  • Line a sheet with parchment paper
  • Put some oil in a small bowl
  • Oil up your fingers (You’ll do this repeatedly. It’ll keep the cookie dough from sticking to your fingers)
  • Put scoops of dough on the parchment paper (12 to 14 of them)
  • Oil your fingers again
  • Use your thumb to create a “thumbprint” size crater in each cookie
  • Fill each crater with jam
  • Now pinch the sides of cookies so that you create a little nest for the jam. Or don’t. It’s fine either way.
  • Bake for on the top rack for 15-17 minutes until it’s slightly brown on the edges
  • Let it cool completely
  • EAT!!!


These cookies are super delicious and super nutritious. They would be great for healthy after school snacks or just snacks in general.

If you want them to be a little sweeter, I’ve been sweetening them with 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of coconut sugar. 1/3 cup is really sweet. 1/4 cup is medium sweet.

I love these cookies and have been baking them kinda nonstop. They take almost no time to make, and I’m loving have them around so I can just grab one on my way out the door.

Thank you so much to AndreAnna from for this fantastic recipe. You should all check her out. She’s awesome in about a billion ways.


Some background on those hamantaschen cookies I was talking about. Christi, wrote in and shared some knowledge:

Hamish (the guy the cookie is named after) is the one who got the king to sign a decree that all the Israelites living in Persia could be killed on a certain day (since at that time the vast majority were exiled to Persia, the race could have nearly been wiped out). But Esther was the queen (and secretly Jewish) and after fasting and praying she went to the king and got a new law passed allowing the Jews to kill their enemies. Its in the book of Esther which is a very short book and reads like a story (unlike some of the prophets who are short but not story-like).

Knowledge is power. Thanks for filling us all in, Christi!


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Lillian's Test Kitchen is an online cooking web series. The recipes in this series are always grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and cane sugar-free. The recipes are also all (at this point) paleo. Some are vegan. Some are raw. I use the best ingredients I can find (and afford). But Lillian's Test Kitchen is not so much about food as it is about the experience of trying something you have never tried before and then finding the joy, comedy and laughter in those small moments in spite of and also often, because of dietary restrictions. My goal is to inspire others to take their health into their own hands and make their own food.

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