• Nikki Vergakes

Holiday Tradition Thumbprint Cookies

Updated: Mar 1, 2019

Cookies are deeply rooted in my holiday traditions. When I think of Christmas Eve, I think of It's A Wonderful Life playing while my father prepares his special stuffing for tomorrow, me baking some type of cookie experiment for the big day, and my Papa, while he was alive, talking loudly to my father over the movie and his beer.

Sure, some families get together around the fire to actually watch the movies on Christmas Eve, but my family is definitely not conventional. That's what I love about them, and that's why I love trying a new cookie recipe every year.

Health and BALANCE has always been a very important factor in my life. Even when I was confusing it with obsession and food restriction, I still hold onto wellness during my recovery. Recovering from disordered food behaviors doesn't mean that you're going 100% in the opposite direction. If one day, you're intuition is telling you it's all pizza and cookies - that's fine. Some days, my body wants cookies, but it also wants nourishing fats and carbs.

That's what I was feeling this holiday, and that's why I gravitated to this cookie concept. I try to find a sub for dairy in most recipes because my body doesn't agree with it (but I suffer for the sweet, sweet taste of ice cream here and there), and I love the taste and feeling of nourishing forms of fats. This recipe has tons of that, and some real Hershey's kisses on top. If you make them, tag @nikkivergakes on instagram!


  • 1/4 cup cacao powder

  • 1/3 cup almond flour

  • 3 tbps teff flour

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

  • 1/4 cup melted ghee

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350

  2. Mix the dry ingredients

  3. Mix the wet ingredients

  4. Combine

  5. Bake for 15 minutes

  6. Press the Hersheys kisses into the cookies

  7. Set, then enjoy!

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