Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are an old-fashioned treat, a little cookie well holding a dot of jam. Here, they're reinterpreted with walnut oil and whole-wheat pastry flour for today's healthier eating standards - and, of course, with chocolate, simply for the taste.

From EatingWell: February/March 2005
Yield: about 36 cookies
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 1/2 hours

Ingredients

  1. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 cup toasted walnut pieces, (see Tip)
  6. 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  7. 1/4 cup walnut oil, or canola oil
  8. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  9. 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  10. 1 large egg
  11. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  12. 5 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped, or chocolate chips, melted (see Cooking Tip)
  13. 6 tablespoons apricot jam, (see Enhancements, below)

Preparation

  1. Position rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl until well combined. Grind walnuts in a food processor until they resemble coarse meal.
  3. Beat butter, oil, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until almost creamy"the mixture may still be a little grainy. Beat in egg and vanilla; scrape down the sides and beat in melted chocolate and the ground nuts. Stir in the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon until just incorporated.
  4. Roll 1 tablespoon dough into a ball, place on the prepared baking sheet and flatten slightly until it looks like a deflated basketball. Continue with the remaining dough, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake the cookies for 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently press your thumb or the end of a wooden spoon in the center of each cookie. Place 1/2 teaspoon jam in each indentation. Bake until the jam is melted and the cookie is set but still a little soft, 8 to 10 minutes more. Cool on the pan for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Let the pan cool for a few minutes before baking another batch. Enhancements: Use any flavor jam you want, just don’t use preserves (the pieces of fruit may be too large) or jelly (it will melt too quickly and run).

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 109 calories; 6 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 9 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 53 mg sodium; 42 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat