December 06, 2021

Healthy Thumbprint Cookies

Healthy Thumbprint Cookies are made lighter with whole-wheat flour and less sugar but taste just as delicious! Filled with raspberry and strawberry jam and coated in crushed walnuts.

Healthy Thumbprint Cookies

I made these cookies last year and recently found the pictures stored on my computer and decided, it was time to finally share the recipe. Thumbprint cookies are a classic recipe for my family and I wanted to try them using whole wheat flour to make them a little healthier. They turned out amazing and this will be a recipe that we make every single year as a family!


Healthy Strawberry Thumbprint Cookie

What flour to use for thumbprint cookies?

When using white whole-wheat flour, I have found that it bakes almost exactly the same as regular all-purpose flour. Using whole-wheat flour adds more fiber and sometimes, more vitamins than all-purpose flour. It is affordable (I usually just buy store-brand) and works in almost any recipe.


Healthier Thumbprint Cookies

What type of jam to use for thumbprint cookies?

Use your very favorite jam for these thumbprint cookies! I love a super tasty raspberry jam or strawberry jam. To vary the cookies, I used both for this recipe. My favorite was the strawberry but Troy loved the raspberry the most. I recommend using a jam instead of a jelly for the best texture and taste. I have a favorite low-sugar strawberry jam that works perfect for these cookies.

These cookies can be made anytime of year but are especially delicious during the holidays when you want to make Christmas cookies. These make great gifts and last at least a week. They also freeze well! 


Tray of Healthy Thumbprint Cookies

You can make these cookies without the walnuts but I don't recommend it. When the walnuts bake onto the cookies, they are so delicious. Plus, it adds a little bit of protein, fiber and healthy fats!


Healthy Thumbprint Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies 


Healthy Thumbprint Cookies

Healthy Thumbprint Cookies are made lighter with whole-wheat flour and less sugar but taste just as delicious! Filled with raspberry and strawberry jam and coated in crushed walnuts.

Prep time: 20 MINS Cook time: 10 MINS Total time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs + 1 yolk (save the white)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • ~1/2 cup of your favorite jam

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, butter, 2 eggs and 1 yolk, vanilla and sugar until a dough forms. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.⁣
    2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
    3. Place 2 egg whites in a bowl and whisk lightly.
    4. In a food processor, blend walnuts until they are a fine powder and dump onto a plate. 
    5. Roll cookie dough into about 30 balls, dip ball into egg whites and roll in crushed walnuts.
    6. Place on a greased sheet pan and make an indentation in the cookie dough with your finger. Bake for 10 minutes. 
    7. Remove from oven and fill with your favorite jam.
    8. Stores well in a plastic container for about a week. Freeze wrapped in plastic wrap in a plastic container for up to 6 months.
    Enjoy!



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