When I was in elementary school, my mom bought me a book full of American Girl Doll recipes and crafts. Each doll had her own chapter, and since I owned Kirsten, the blonde-haired blue-eyed girl who lived in the 1850s on the American frontier, I started with her.
Yet I quickly moved on to Felicity and Samantha, the dolls from the colonial and Victorian eras, because I loved those historical periods. Eventually, I decided to try Samantha’s thumbprint cookies that she served during afternoon tea as my first recipe… Although Mom and I agreed on substituting afternoon apple juice for pairing instead!
I carefully beat a softened stick of butter with lots of granulated sugar, mixed in the white flour and rest of the ingredients, rolled the buttery dough between my palms, and filled the center of each cookie with jam. After the timer rang and we pulled the baking sheets out of the oven, the rest of my family and I each tried a cookie…
And then ate all four dozen over the rest of the afternoon and evening. Those cookies were that good!
Years later, I finally perfected this recipe for Healthy Thumbprint Cookies. They taste just as soft and sweet and buttery as those originals… But these contain no refined flour or refined sugar, and they’re just 46 calories!
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