Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

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Hello Missy,

Thanks for beibg so speedy in your reply to my last question. I am just wondering if you have a recipe for peanut butter cookies.They are a favorite but very high in calories. Karina

Dear Karina,

I have thumbprint cookies in my first book, "The Sneaky Chef." Here's the recipe.

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Thumbprint Peanut Butter Cookies

Nutrition Highlights: Vegetables, whole grains, and nuts (optional). Rich in vitamins A, B3 (niacin), C, E and K, manganese, tryptophan, iron, potassium, folate, protein, and fiber 

The fingerprint of a clever sneaky chef is all over this recipe with its hidden yams and carrots pureed into the peanut butter, the ultimate flavor decoy. Crushed crunchy cereal gives the cookies more crispness than flour alone and adds a good source of nearly undetectable whole grains. You can fill the indent with a few chocolate chips or a little jam for PB&J cookies. I often double this recipe and freeze the cookies in a plastic bag for a yummy grab n go snack.
Makes 20 to 22 cookies

2 cups whole grain cereal flakes (such as Wheaties or Total)
1/3 cup Flour Blend (see Make-Ahead Recipe #13)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup Orange Puree (see Make-Ahead Recipe #2)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or 1/4 cup of favorite jam

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with oil (or line with parchment paper). 

Using a rolling pin, gently crush cereal (in a sealed plastic bag) into coarsely crushed flakes. Alternatively, you can quickly pulse the cereal in a food processor. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together Flour Blend, crushed cereal, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, oil, peanut butter, Orange Puree and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until combined.

Pinch off tablespoon amounts of dough and roll about 20 balls in your hands. Place on the prepared cookie sheet about an inch apart. Gently press your thumb into the center of each ball to make an indent. Fill the indent with a few chocolate chips or a half teaspoon of jam.

Bake 16 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.

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