No bake Cardamom Caramel Pear Walnut Thumbprint Cookies

What to do with all the pears you just have laying around?! I have a solution for you! Thinly slice the pears, spread out on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and dry in the oven over night. I recommend the oven being on the lowest temperature possible, around 50ºC-70ºC. Also it is vital to stick a utensil between the oven door and the oven so it’s ajar so the evaporated water can escape. OR you can buy already dried fruit and just use that in this recipe, haha.

Anyhow, this couldn’t be an easier and more delicious cookie. No baking in oven required and the combination of pear, walnuts and cardamom is simply a dream come true. I almost forgot, caramel makes everything better, am I right? In addition, look how cute these are! So adorable!

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No bake cardamom caramel pear walnut thumbprint cookies

[Vegan, healthy, whole food, refined sugar-, gluten-, oil-free, fruit sweetened]

Serving 10 cookies

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 4 tbsp rolled oats, oat or almond flour
  • 100g / 3,5 oz dried pear, cut in pieces*
  • 30g / 1 oz pitted dates
  • 30g / 1 oz walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or essence
  • A pinch of salt

Caramel filling

  • 30g / 1 oz pitted dates
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tbsp nut butter
  • 1/2-1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or essence
  • A pinch of salt
Directions
  1. In a food processor or powerful mixer, start processing all the ingredients for the cookies until you get a kind of chunky “dough”.
  2. Line a baking tray, plate or such with plastic foil or parchment paper. Divide the dough into ten ball and place them on the prepared pan. Press a thumbprint into center of each ball.
  3. Mix all the ingredients for the filling completely smooth. Using a small spoon fill the holes in the cookies with the caramel filling. You can serve immediately or let them rest in the fridge until serving. (I find that the cookies are even better the day after as they’ve set slightly)

*I made my own dried pear by thinly slicing lots of pears and then drying them in the oven, which is set on 60ºC, over night. HOWEVER, you could substitute it for some dried apple (which probably can easily be found in your local supermarket) or other fried fruit of choice.

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