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Friday, April 13, 2012

Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint Cookies


I was looking for a healthier cookie for Easter. I wanted one that might also evoke the images, smells and memories of the Easters we had when my kids were growing up. A tall order. I came across a thumbprint cookie that I thought might do the trick. They look a bit like nests and you can put a dollop of jam in the middle of them in all variety of flavors and Spring colors. Peanut butter has also played a long standing roll in our Easters. There is nothing like the joy of eating a Reese's Cup shaped in the form of an egg! But, it is VERY high in calories.
Cookies with thumbprint and before baking

What I tried was a Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint cookie, originally from Cooking Light. They were pretty easy to make but you do need time to chill the dough before baking. Not hard, just needs a little planning. I used my homemade orange marmalade for the dollop in the middle. It worked! The cookies were moist and chewy. Everyone thought the cookies were delicious. No one ate just one. But at only 103 calories per cookie, eating 2 was an acceptable indulgence. And as an Easter treat, reminiscent of all the good things of our celebration, the vote was a thumbs up. I think we have a new, healthier tradition afoot!