I just made a batch of my Easy Blueberry Jam. I’ve been spreading it on toast, but I really wanted to find a special way to use it. I ran a few ideas through my head but settled on one based on nostalgia.
When we used to visit my grandmother in New York, we made a point to buy big boxes of cookies from a nearby bakery. We got an assortment of Italian cookies as well as a few favorites. Thumbprint cookies were always a necessity.
There is something so classic and simple about the thumbprint cookie. Similar to a jelly filled doughnut, it’s a lovely way to combine pastry with fruit. But thumbprint cookies are usually packed with butter. I really wanted to keep this cookie as healthy as possible, so I used banana as both a fat replacement as well as a flavor pairing to the blueberry jam.
I like a lot of jam in my cookies, so I really packed quite a bit on top of each cookie. These cookies will be just as delicious with a smaller dollop of jam as well. Banana pairs really well with other fruits, so a different flavor jam would be totally fine, such as strawberry.
Banana Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil or vegan butter
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4-1/2 cup Easy Blueberry Jam
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix melted coconut oil/butter with the banana, maple syrup, and vanilla. Pour the wet in the dry and stir until combined. Chill in the fridge for about 45 minutes to an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a silicone mat over a cookie sheet, or use parchment paper. Roll the cookie dough into balls and press down into a thick disk shape. Using your thumb or finger, press the center of each cookie to make a small well.
- Bake the cookies for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and fill each well with jam. Bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cookies are firm and golden. Let cool completely before serving.