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Christmas Strawberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

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From EatingWell:  November/December 2013

This healthy strawberry jam thumbprint cookie recipe is festive for the holidays with a red center and a green sugar coating. If you want to skip making your own naturally dyed sugar, look for green sparkling or decorating sugar prepared with botanical ingredients. For sources for natural dyes and sugars, see Tips.

4 dozen 1 1/2-inch cookies | Active Time: 1 1/2 hours | Total Time: 2 1/2 hours (including making natural decorating sugar)

Ingredients

Natural Green Decorating Sugar

Cookie Dough & Filling

Preparation

  1. To prepare decorating sugar: Place sugar in a small bowl. Add a few drops of dye and stir until evenly blended. Adjust color with more dye as desired.
  2. Spread the colored sugar in a thin layer on a small parchment-lined baking sheet. Turn on the oven to 350°F for 2 minutes, then immediately turn it off. (The warm oven dries the sugar, but too much heat will burn it.) Let the sugar stand in the oven for 1 1/2 hours. (The sugar may be refrigerated airtight for up to 1 year.)
  3. To prepare & decorate cookies: Position a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
  4. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Beat oil, butter, sugar, egg and lemon zest in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Beat in honey, vanilla and almond (or lemon) extract until evenly incorporated.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, then medium speed, beat about half the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until incorporated. Beat in the remaining flour mixture until just incorporated.
  6. Divide the dough into quarters. Roll each quarter into a 9-inch “log.” Slice the log into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  7. Place the green sugar on a small plate. Roll each ball in the sugar. Place about 1 1/2 inches apart on a prepared baking sheet. Press a well into the center of each cookie with a thumb. Fill with about 1/2 teaspoon jam.
  8. Bake the cookies on the center rack, one pan at a time, until firm when pressed near the edge, 8 to 12 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool to room temperature.

Nutrition

Per cookie : 82 Calories; 3 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 1 g Mono; 6 mg Cholesterol; 14 g Carbohydrates; 1 g Protein; 0 g Fiber; 30 mg Sodium; 14 mg Potassium

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat

Tips & Notes