This healthy thumbprint cookie recipe has all the flavors of a traditional gingerbread cookie: cinnamon, ginger, cloves and molasses. These soft and chewy gingerbread cookies are decorated with coconut and filled with blueberry jam, but we also like them filled with raspberry or apricot preserves.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Position a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.

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  • Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, cloves and salt in a medium bowl. Beat oil, butter, brown sugar, molasses, egg and orange zest in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended.

  • 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. Let the dough stand for 5 minutes. It should be somewhat firm, but not at all dry. If it seems overly sticky, stir in up to 2 additional tablespoons of all-purpose flour.

  • 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. Place coconut on a small plate. Roll each ball in the coconut, pressing as needed to help it adhere. 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.

  • 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.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the cookie dough for up to 1 day. Store baked cookies airtight in a single layer for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Tip: White whole-wheat flour is made from a special variety of white wheat that is lighter in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. It is available at large supermarkets and natural-foods stores and online at bobsredmill.com or kingarthurflour.com. Store it in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

89.8 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 14.1g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 0.7g 3% DV; sugars 7.2g; fat 3.4g 5% DV; saturated fat 1.4g 7% DV; cholesterol 6.4mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 36.9IU 1% DV; vitamin c 0.7mg 1% DV; folate 16.3mcg 4% DV; calcium 19.9mg 2% DV; iron 0.9mg 5% DV; magnesium 11.1mg 4% DV; potassium 74.4mg 2% DV; sodium 27.7mg 1% DV; thiaminmg 4% DV; added sugar 6g.