Sea Salt Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

Good morning and welcome to all things cookie on LCK! That seems to be the theme this week (CC: Monday’s post)! Today… Sea Salt Nutella Thumbprints using my easy peas-y homemade Nutella. You can also sub chocolate. Whatever floats your boat!

This post is particularly torturous to write due to the fact that I am not eating one ounce of sugar this entire month. I am typing this and my mouth is literally watering because my blogger friends and I have brought you not one, not two, but FIVE holiday cookie recipes that are paleo-friendly, delicious, and perfect for all of your festive events going on this month! Each recipe is seriously perfection. Christmas week, I’m coming for you!

Sea Salt Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

The lineup: 

Sea Salt Nutella Thumbprint Cookies by yours truly (scroll to the bottom for recipe)

Gingersnaps by Taylor of Food Faith Fitness

Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from Davida of The Healthy Maven

Shortbread Cookies dipped in Cranberry Chocolate Ganache from Kelly of Nosh and Nourish

Hot Chocolate Cookies from Lee of Fit Foodie Finds

You hooked yet?Holiday Cookie Round-Up

Shortbread Cookies dipped in Cranberry Chocolate Ganache from Nosh and Nourish. How pretty and perfect do these look? Find the recipe here.

Paleo Shortbread Cookies Above Nosh

Paleo Gingersnaps from Food Faith Fitness. So much crunch, so much holiday flavor! Find the recipe here.

Paleo Ginger Snap

Hot Chocolate Cookies from Fit Foodie Finds. WHA?! Yes. Hot chocolate. Frosting. These scream cold weather comfort! Find the recipe here.Paleo Hot Choc Cook

Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from The Healthy Maven, because you need the peppermint and chocolate combination in your life… ASAP. Find the recipe here.

Paleo Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

My cookies combine my new (okay, not so new) favorite combination of chocolate/nutella and sea salt. Best combination, ever. Plus thumbprint cookies just make me happy. It’s like a surprise, that you see, right there in the center. NUTELLA SEA SALT THUMBPRINT5NUTELLA SEA SALT THUMBPRINT

Sea Salt Nutella Thumbprint Cookies
Yields 12
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Dry ingredients
  1. 1 cup blanched almond flour
  2. 1 tbsp coconut flour
  3. 1 tsp baking powder
  4. Dash sea salt
Wet Ingredients
  1. 4 tbsp grass-fed butter
  2. 3 tbsp raw honey
  1. Nutella recipe here
  2. Coarse sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a bowl combine dry ingredients minus the chocolate chips
  3. Add in wet and mix well (use your hands or a stand mixer to get the butter mixed in well)
  4. Line a baking sheet with your baking liner or parchment paper
  5. Drop spoonfuls of the dough onto the sheet and press your thumb slightly into each center*
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cooked through
  7. Remove (you may want to press your thumb in slightly again), and place 1 tsp nutella into the center of each cookie**
  8. Drizzle with sea salt and let cool before removing from the baking sheet and serving***
  1. *If the dough is a bit sticky, wet your hands slightly to help form the cookies
  2. **You can sub melted chocolate
  3. ***If you want the nutella to harden quickly, transfer baking sheet to the refrigerator
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Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Muffin

Pumpkin season is in full swing, and this month for Healthy Food Friday with American Express we have tons of goodies coming your way! A month or so back I shared my Homemade Nutella, and since then I’ve made it my mission to add the deliciousness into other baked goods. Like Nutella Pizza and now Pumpkin Swirl Muffins. Because… Nutella.

Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Muffin

Pumpkins are also a serious superfood. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals, and often used to prevent and treat ailments. Even my vet told me to give some to baby Jax if he has an upset stomach!

Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Muffin

 These muffins are… spongy, moist, loaded with pumpkin, a hint of sweet, and the perfect treat.

Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Muffin
Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Muffin


Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Muffin

Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Muffins

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 0:25 Yields 10


    Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Muffins

    Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

    Cinnamon Sugar Topping

    Optional Pumpkin Glaze


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, , and sea salt
  • Add in eggs and pumpkin and mix well to combine
  • Mix in honey and vanilla
  • Grease Muffin tin or line muffin tin with silicone muffin liners
  • Pour batter into muffin tins, about halfway
  • Place about 1 tsp (or more as desired) of nutella in the middle and swirl with a toothpick or fork
  • If you're making the cinnamon sugar, omit the nutella and place cinnamon sugar mixture on top
  • Add additional batter to the top
  • Optional: sprinkle organic turbinado sugar on top
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
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    Homemade Nutella (Paleo)

    Homemade Nutella… can I get a HUGE yes?! Hazelnuts are delicious. They contain health benefits and well, combined with good quality chocolate and good-for-you ingredients you essentially have a healthier version of the amazing Nutella. Only it tastes EVEN better. I promise.

    The Health Benefits of HazelnutsHomemade Paleo Nutella

    Chocolatey hazelnut flavor, spreadable, and amazing. Don’t forget a spoonful (or two) while it’s warm!

    Homemade Paleo Nutella in jar

    Want other chocolate recipes?

    Creamy Homemade Nutella recipe

    How to make Homemade Nutella

    Spread homemade Nutella on:

    Paleo Nutella recipe

    Homemade Nutella
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    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    20 min
    Total Time
    30 min
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    20 min
    Total Time
    30 min
    1. 2 cups hazelnuts, roasted and peeled
    2. 1 cup good quality dark chocolate
    3. 2 tbsp good quality cocoa powder
    4. 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
    5. 1 tbsp raw honey
    6. 1 tsp vanilla
    7. 1 tbsp coconut oil
    8. Dash Himalayan sea salt
    1. 1. Preheat oven to 400
    2. 2. Spread hazelnuts on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, watching closely to avoid the hazelnuts burning
    3. 3. Remove from the oven and place into a towel- rub and shake until the brown skin starts to come off
    4. 4. Once mostly removed (don't worry if there are a few stubborn ones)
    5. 5. Place roasted hazelnuts in the food processor and process until it becomes a smooth butter (5-7 minutes)
    6. 6. Add in oil, palm sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, and salt
    7. 7. Blend for another 2-3 minutes until smooth
    8. 8. Heat chocolate over the stove or microwave; pour into the food processor, along with the honey, and blend until smooth (5 minutes or more)
    9. 9. Store in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks*
    10. 10. Let cool completely before serving (but definitely try it warm!)
    1. *Store in either the refrigerator or in a cabinet
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    What will YOU spread your homemade Nutella on? Do you have a favorite recipe using the classic spread?