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Poppy Seed Thumbprints

December 2005/January 2006

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Our Test Kitchen manager and resident master baker, Stacy Fraser, loves this variation on a classic jam thumbprint. Poppy seeds give the cookies extra flair with very little effort. Though you can use any jam, cherry is particularly divine. A new mom, Stacy plans to make these part of a family tradition with her son Sawyer.


Poppy Seed Thumbprints

Makes: About 30 cookies

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Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cherry or other fruit preserves

Preparation

  1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 300°F.
  2. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, poppy seeds and salt in a large bowl. Beat butter, oil and sugar in another large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until creamy. Add egg, lemon zest and vanilla; beat to combine. Stir in the dry ingredients with a spoon until just combined.
  3. Form tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart. Gently press the tip of your thumb or finger in the center of each cookie. Place 1/2 teaspoon preserves in each indentation.
  4. Bake the cookies, one batch at a time, until the edges are lightly golden, 28 to 30 minutes. Immediately transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Per cookie: 162 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 2 g mono); 15 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber; 41 mg sodium; 7 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1.5 other carbohydrate, 1 fat


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