Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

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Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies taste decadent, yet are made with ingredients that have healthful benefits: oats, almonds, fruit and chocolate. The thumbprints are versatile as well - use a different type of filling or different extracts to create a completely different cookie.

Serves 24

Prep Time 30 min

Total Time 60 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour, (see Note)
  • 1/2 cup oat flour, (see Note)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup light oil, such as safflower or canola
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips, preferably bittersweet
  • 2 tablespoon raspberry preserves

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.

Step 2

Process almonds in a blender in 2 batches until finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl and add whole-wheat flour, oat flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk oil, maple syrup, apple juice, almond and vanilla extracts in a medium bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; stir to combine. Use your hands to knead the dough together; add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional apple juice if the mixture is too crumbly.

Step 3

Form level tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Gently flatten each ball into a disk, then make an indentation in the center using your thumb or a small spoon. Place a few chocolate chips in each indentation, then cover with 1/4 teaspoon preserves.

Step 4

Bake the cookies, one batch at a time, until golden around the edges, 15 to 17 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


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