Vegan Holiday Treats Review and Giveaway and Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints Recipe

Kelly Roenicke of  The Pretty Bee was kind enough to send me a copy of her Vegan Holiday Treats e-book to review and I was pretty excited about that!  I can not resist a book filled with delicious desserts and this book was just that.  If you have never visited Kelly's blog, you definitely should. Most of her recipes are gluten free and dairy free as well as kid friendly since the reason she started to prepare food this way was because of her two sons with food allergies.  If you head over to her website and look around, trust me, you will be there for a while because there are a lot of wonderful recipes to browse.  Also, you can find The Pretty Bee on Facebook if you want recipe updates. 

Her new e-book Vegan Holiday Treats is filled with lots of delicious things to tempt you.  Once you start looking at it, you will want to make all of them.  Everything from the classics like Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies to festive things like Candy Cane Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies and Frosted Gingerbread Doughnuts. She includes a few savory snacks and drinks as well, so you could plan a whole Holiday Dessert and Snack Party off of this book. 

I wanted to try one of the recipes from the book right away, and the one that caught my eye was the Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints. I am a kid at heart, what can I say.  I love peanut butter and jelly in anything, and especially desserts.   

 The cookies baked up wonderfully, and you would not be able to tell that they are gluten free and vegan because they taste amazing.  I made my own Pomegranate Cranberry Orange Chia Jam to top them off and they were simply delicious!  I am sharing this recipe with you, but you need to check out this book, so you can make some of her other recipes too!  If you want to win a copy of Vegan Holiday Treats, simply scroll to the bottom of the page to enter the giveaway!  Or, if you can not wait, and want to buy a copy now here is the link to Vegan Holiday Treats.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints
(from Vegan Holiday Treats by Kelly Roenicke)


1 cup peanut butter (I used raw jungle peanut, you can also use almond butter)

¾ cup sugar (I used palm coconut sugar)

1 flax egg (1 Tablespoon ground golden flax seed + 3 Tablespoons water)

½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup almond meal
¼ cup jam of your choice (I used Pomegranate Cranberry Orange Chia Jam*)
In a large bowl, mix up your ground flax seed and water and let sit for a few minutes so it can gel up. 
Once the flax egg has reached an egg like consistency, add the creamy peanut butter, sugar, almond meal, baking soda, and salt. Mix until well combined. Chill the dough for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Roll the chilled dough into one inch balls. Place on the cookie sheets and press your thumb into the middle of each cookie.
Bake until cookies are golden, 12 to 14 minutes. These cookies are fragile when warm, so cool for
about 15 minutes on the cookie sheets; transfer cookies to a tray to cool completely.
Place one teaspoon of jam in the center of each cookie (if using store bought jam, you may need to warm it slightly). Store cooled cookies in the refrigerator. Makes 24 cookies.

*Pomegranate Cranberry Orange Chia Jam:
Makes about 1 cup

3/4 cup pomegranate seeds
3/4 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp orange zest
a pinch sea salt
3 Tbsp chia seeds

In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients except chia seeds, and blend until smooth  Stir in chia seeds.  Store in a container in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

  1. December 12, 2014 at 12:47

    I love to share vegan treats at work. We do a "Friday Feastings" at work every week and I want people to see that delicious can be cruelty free (and healthy!). I like to expand people's culinary horizons!

  2. December 12, 2014 at 13:24

    I would love to have this book because I am always looking for new sweet recipes to make for my friends and family to prove to them that vegan baking is just as delicious!

  3. December 12, 2014 at 14:40

    Those cookies look fantastic! I've been searching for good vegan thumbprint cookies and these fit the bill!

  4. December 12, 2014 at 15:25

    Thank you for the kind workds, Amy! I love the homemade jam you topped these cookies with, it looks delicious!

  5. December 12, 2014 at 15:40

    The cover look promising! I'd love to try the recipes.

  6. December 12, 2014 at 16:53

    Oh, thumbprint cookies! I love those :) my flatmates just made some "normal" ones and i thought they didn't look too good, but these vegan ones look delicious! maybe i'll make some for my flatmates this weekend...<br />**Maisy

  7. December 12, 2014 at 16:56

    Oops! I forgot to say why! I would love to share this with my sister!

  8. December 12, 2014 at 22:12

    To share holiday treats with non vegan family and friends-to show them it's not only salad we eat. Thanks

  9. December 14, 2014 at 03:01

    I am always looking to expand my vegan cookbook shelf!

  10. December 14, 2014 at 11:20

    I would love to win a copy of this cookbook because I think it would be great fun to work through a cookbook with different family members - a great excuse to spend time together in a productive and delicious way :D

  11. December 14, 2014 at 13:18

    I want to be able to replace family recipes with healthier versions.

  12. December 14, 2014 at 17:44

    seriously, one of the reasons I love cookbooks like this is when I make recipes from the book, it really helps non-vegans see that there really isn't much to sacrifice by going vegan! As someone who ate vegan food (as part of a non-vegan diet) on a regular basis for a year, due to living with a vegan roommate, I can attest this method works in practice!

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