Monday, December 21, 2009

Thumbprint Cookies

I love these cookies. I have no idea why. I even used to eat the ones in the vending machine, at UP, probably with a Diet Pepsi. Classic meal, good grief.

Anyway, most important thing- get a good jam. No one likes crap jam.

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon flax with 2 tablespoons water
1 cup WW pastry flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Jelly- your choice...make it good!

1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
2. Mix brown sugar, shortening, applesauce, vanilla and flax with water in medium bowl. Stir in flour and salt until dough holds together.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb deeply in center of each.
4. Bake about 10 minutes or until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Fill thumbprints with jelly. (Adapted from my really old Betty Crocker cookbook)

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