These Paleo coconut cookies have a simple cookie base with only 5 ingredients and are filled with a Paleo caramel sauce. They make a perfect Paleo Christmas cookie, but I really see no reason why they couldn’t be enjoyed year-round.
So…I couldn’t help myself, I had to post one more cookie recipe for you. Why? Because you can’t have too many cookie recipes, especially during the month of December. Agree (of course you do)?
Side note: Is anyone cookied out? I am not, but honestly, I am almost there, and I can’t believe I am saying it…but I think I am done with cookies for a while – at least a week. I am the biggest cookie lover out there, but I think I am going to need a sugar detox come December 26th (for at least a day).
Luckily it is not December 26th, and this recipe is posted just in the nick of time for the last of the holiday parties. This cookie recipe was inspired by my Salted Dark Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies recipe. I wanted to make a non-chocolate cookie for my dad (he is seriously weird and doesn’t like chocolate), then I saw a caramel and coconut thumbprint cookie on MarthaStewart.com and so I got to work to create these heavenly salted caramel coconut thumbprint cookies – and yes – they are as good as they look, and as good as they sound. It actually made me a little bit grateful that my dad won’t eat chocolate, otherwise, I would have never come up with this recipe, and it is a good one!!! Plus these cookies are gluten-free, grain-free, Paleo and Vegan…my favorite type of cookie.
Note: the caramel recipe here will work as well.
5 Tips to Stay on Track During the Holidays
Eating healthy, especially Paleo is hard to do day in and day out, but it is especially difficult during the holiday season. You aren’t fooling anyone when you say you haven’t considered eating the entire plate of peppermint brownies that your neighbor just dropped off. It’s alright, I have considered coming to your house to eat your entire plate of brownies :). Although it is difficult to stay on track, it is not impossible. I have 5 tips to help you stay on track during the holiday season. Hopefully, they will help you have fun, delicious, and healthy holiday festivities.
- Have a plan: If you are headed to a Christmas party where you know they are going to serve your very favorite mint chocolate fudge. Make a plan and stick to it; for example, decide ahead of time that you are going to make healthy choices at the party and enjoy 1 piece of fudge. Or better yet, bring a healthy treat you can feel good about eating.
- Avoid eating out: Eating at home is already minimized during the month of December, so avoid going out unless necessary (AKA you have a party to attend, not that you don’t feel like cooking :). If you know you are going to be especially busy and won’t have time to cook, plan ahead and prepare a large meal that creates a lot of leftovers, so you don’t have to worry about cooking for a few days.
- Fill up on veggies: If you are headed to a party, fill up on veggies either before or during the party. If you aren’t hungry, you are more likely not to over-indulge on sugary sweets. Eat a large salad or plate of veggies, and then enjoy a few of your favorite indulgences.
- Make healthy treats for neighbors: I love holiday baking as much as the next person, and one of my favorite things to do is make some healthy (out-of-the-ordinary) treats for my neighbors. Your neighbors benefit, and you benefit by not eating the other half of what didn’t make it onto your neighbor’s plate :). Some healthy examples may include:
- Focus on consistency rather than perfection: Unfortunately, we aren’t perfect, and we will have slip-ups. Instead of beating yourself up for eating the entire plate of brownies, focus on being consistently healthy with your remaining meals. Consistency is the best way to get long-lasting results, and not de-rail your healthy eating goals.
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Salted Caramel Thumbprint Paleo Coconut Cookies Recipe
These coconut cookies only have 5 ingredients for the base and then are filled with a simple salted caramel sauce.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 20 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Paleo
For the Cookies
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
For the Caramel
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Mix all of the ingredients for the cookies (except the shredded coconut) in a large bowl until a dough forms
- Take a Tbsp sized piece of dough and roll it into a ball
- Roll the ball into the shredded coconut until well coated
- Place on a baking sheet
- Gently press your thumb or the back of a spoon into the middle of each cookie
- Bake for 10-12 minutes
- Reinforce the thumbprint in the middle of the cookie when they come out of the oven, if needed
- Combine all of the ingredients for the caramel in a saucepan over medium heat
- Allow to come to a boil and then reduce heat
- Allow to simmer 10-15 or until it thickens and forms a caramel sauce
- Pour a small amount of the caramel into the middle of each cookie
- Allow the caramel to cool
- Lightly sprinkle with course sea salt
There will be leftover caramel sauce You can use the caramel sauce recipe as linked above if desired (it uses a different natural sweetener)
Keywords: Paleo, salted, caramel, filled