Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies
I always loved the tradition of giving thanks to a person who kindly helped you in any way by giving them a box of homemade sweets such as cookies or pie. Especially our grandmothers are luckily still keeping that tradition very much alive. This is how we (well, my father to be exact) got a box of the prettiest cookies ever. Dressed in ground hazelnuts with lovely little chocolate “hats”, they were just calling me and telling me to forget they were made of sugar and white flour and to simply enjoy. And so I did, with a side of the most delicious cappuccino to go, on our way to a weekend getaway in Rovinj, Croatia. Perfect combination!
The lady was kind enough to share her recipe with me and I had an easy job changing it up just a little by replacing white sugar with Xylitol, white flour with spelt and chocolate with dark, fructose sweetened chocolate. It is really easy to make any dessert healthier this way and you can do it with almost any recipe you like – Xylitol has a 1:1 ratio with sugar, so you won’t need to do any calculations and you also don’t need to be scared of ruining ingredient ratios. White wheat flour is also easily replaced by spelt flour in the same ratio; sometimes, spelt flour requires a bit more liquid so just start with the same amounts as the recipe calls for and add some liquid if necessary. It’s that simple!