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 I love to document my adventures in food, entertaining, home design, and travel. 

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Holiday Jam Thumbprints

Nothing like a little winter weather and Josh Groban’s Christmas album to get me into the holiday spirit! Saturday was spent baking these in my pjs and retiring into a cookie coma while watching the snow pile up on my window sill. I love you, winter!!!


Yield: 30

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature (I prefer vegan :))
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, for rolling
  • 1/2 cup jam of your choice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat almond butter and butter on medium until smooth. Add brown sugar and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  4. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat just until combined (dough will be slightly crumbly)
  5. Place granulated sugar in a small bowl. Roll level tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and gently roll in sugar to coat.
  6. Bake until cookies are puffed, 8 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and, with the bottom of a round 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon, make an indentation in center of each cookie.
  8. Bake until set, 5 to 7 minutes.
  9. Let cookies cool (appox. 20 minutes)
  10. Stir jam and spoon 1/2 teaspoon into each indentation.

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