I may be done with workouts for this pregnancy…

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First of all, the strap on my goggles broke!  I was super sad because I’ve had these goggles for five years or so – I’ve worn them for every single triathlon that I’ve ever done. I think I can just buy a replacement strap – but still.  Bad omen.


Second of all, I swam 500 yards on Tuesday and it completely destroyed me. When I got into the water, I thought to myself, “I will try to do 750!” but quickly realized that was probably not the best idea.  I felt good throughout the workout, but two hours later, I was so sleepy (and sore) that I was actually WAVERING from exhaustion.  I almost fell asleep standing up!  And I’m getting to the point where I haaaaate to be unshowered, tired, sore, or hungry for even one second because I’m afraid that’s the moment that I’ll go into labor – hah.


So – I may be hanging up the (broken) goggles for now.   Plus, there are lots of other things that need to be done, like baking Christmas cookies!

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I was thumbing through Real Simple’s Christmas issue and stumbled across this recipe for Peanut Butter and Chocolate Thumbprints. I actually initially thought they misprinted the recipe because it doesn’t include flour.  A gluten-free recipe without oddball specialty ingredients in a major magazine?!  Too good to be true.  I texted a screenshot of the page to a few of my girlfriends, and they assured me that they had made similar cookies and the recipe would actually work without flour.  So Henry and I gave it a whirl…


This is a truly awesome cookie recipe.  It would be a perfect recipe for a Christmas Cookie Swap!  The base of the cookie is made with eggs, sugar, and peanut butter, and the chocolate thumbprint center is cream and chocolate.  That’s it!  Super easy, huh?


Again, here’s the recipe —> Peanut Butter and Chocolate Thumbprints.


I used heavy coconut cream + chocolate to make the center, making these cookies dairy-free as well as gluten-free.  It was a pretty straightforward swap.


After eating – you know – approximately one million of these last night, I put the rest in a plastic bag and tossed them in the back of the freezer (which is my #1 trick for portion-controlling homemade sweets).  These cookies are soooo good!  I can’t leave them out on the counter and in my face… Going into labor with spiking and crashing blood sugar wouldn’t be fun, either.


What’s your favorite cookie recipe?



  • Melissa November 20, 2014, 8:50 am

    I don’t know if anything beats the classic Tollhouse recipe, but my mom subs in cocoa and white chocolate chips and it really takes it over the edge! Soo worth a try.

  • Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey November 20, 2014, 10:22 am

    My favorite recipe is for the Toll House chocolate chip cookies. Next to that, my fave is my Mom’s cherry cookies that she makes every Christmas! 🙂

  • Carly November 20, 2014, 10:24 am

    I wonder how these would turn out if you subbed in Sunbutter? Or Soy Butter? Hmm…

    • Caitlin November 20, 2014, 1:35 pm

      Probably just as awesome!!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul November 20, 2014, 11:22 am

    Those cookies look so yummy!

    Yesterday must have been the day for things breaking. My belt broke, my friend’s bra broke. We felt like hot messes! haha

  • Aerevyn November 20, 2014, 11:26 am

    You’ve been reading my mind!

    I’m putting together a cookie exchange in my nursing class program and drooling over all the cookie recipes … chocolate things, spicy things, crispy, buttery! One of my classmates is gluten-free and I’ve been looking for a great recipe that doesn’t require lots of ingredients I might not use again. DONE! : ) I can’t wait to make these for her. (And eat them)

  • Beks @ The Modern Jane Austen November 20, 2014, 12:05 pm

    Those sound amazing! I’m not GF, but that’s never stopped me from trying something new! My favorite cookies are called “Magic Middlers.” They’re chocolate cookies with a PB center. I can eat about one thousand in a sitting, so it’s good I only make them around Christmas. 🙂

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) November 20, 2014, 2:34 pm

    Oh I love thumbprint cookies!! So much fun to eat! my favorite are hershey kiss pb cookies!

  • K November 20, 2014, 3:36 pm

    Definitely a tough call, but Heidi Swanson (of 101 Cookbooks) has this KILLER triple ginger cookie and also brown butter chocolate cookies with sea salt. Caitlin, so funny – I was pregnant at the same time as you with baby #1, but 6 weeks “ahead” and this time I am pregnant with # 2 but 6 weeks “behind”. Don’t sell yourself short – you’re full term! Think of it as a chance to taper before the big event so that you can focus on your mental game. I’ve just really had to start changing things up at 31 weeks and I may be at the point where I now switch from focusing on fitness/exercise to being active/energetic. Use only what serves you!

  • Jennifer November 20, 2014, 3:53 pm

    I love these Lime Meltaways. Not gluten free but they probably could be if you used an all purpose gluten free flour.
    Those thumbprint cookies would be great with jam instead of chocolate for a quick dairy-free sub!

  • Ali November 20, 2014, 5:50 pm

    You should be so proud for making time for the workout and just getting in and out of the pool! That alone is a workout late in pregnancy.

    My favorite cookie recipe Martha Stewart’s Anytime Oatmeal Raisin cookie with plumped golden raisins http://www.marthastewart.com/287209/anytime-oatmeal-cookies

  • Elizabeth November 20, 2014, 7:09 pm

    Those cookies look delicious! I make something similar, but with almond butter instead of peanut butter.

    I just published a little collection of recipes that included some tasty holiday desserts but no cookies…you’ve inspired me to get back in the kitchen.

  • Elisabeth November 20, 2014, 7:31 pm

    I have lots of cookie favs, but especially the spiced molasses cookies from Williams-Sonoma’s website, the Betty Crocker peanut butter cookie recipe and the Reese’s peanut butter cookies that you make in a mini muffin pan.

  • melissa b November 21, 2014, 1:45 am

    I have tried the freezer method for portion control as well, but I found I love baked goods just as much when they are frozen…
    My favorite Christmas cookie are good old thumbprint cookies with raspberry jam. They are theeee best!

  • rahgav November 21, 2014, 2:42 am

    ohh it looks look great

  • Mary November 21, 2014, 6:44 am

    Those cookies look so so good!

    What do you do to defrost them? Do you just eat them frozen or leave them out for an hour or so? I want to starting making things I can freeze so I don’t eat so much rubbish when I snack!

    • Caitlin November 21, 2014, 6:48 am

      You have to pull them out and let them sit on the counter… It truly helps cut down on the cookie binging. I mean, I *guess* you could microwave or eat frozen but it’s not as good that way.

      • Resh November 23, 2014, 6:01 pm

        ooooh, disagree! Frozen chocolate chip cookies, right out of the freezer are yummy!

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork November 21, 2014, 7:55 am

    I’ve made similar cookies to these and not only are they so, so good, they’re relatively simple! They look delicious. I’ll have to try these for the holidays. I’m always looking for a great GF recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  • pippa@popovertopippas.com November 21, 2014, 5:36 pm

    I can totally relate to being sleepy after swimming! I’m 28 weeks pregnant and swam laps for the first time since becoming pregnant last week. The workout felt fine (not too difficult at all), but 1 to 2 hours later all I wanted to do was take a nap! So weird. That doesn’t happen to me after other workouts.

  • Nicole @ Broken Road Creative November 21, 2014, 8:59 pm

    Omigosh, I want those cookies. I’m so excited they’re gluten free and that you mentioned using coconut cream to replace the dairy. My favorite cookies are usually oatmeal raisin but I’m appreciative of any good cookie 🙂


  • Janelle November 22, 2014, 2:28 pm

    Can’t wait to try this recipe – thanks! Love that you added sprinkles for festivity.

  • Ana November 23, 2014, 7:32 pm

    This weekend i made the cookies and they are AMAZING !!! thank you so much for sharing gluten free recipes

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