Jam Thumbprint Gems

Course : Cookies
Serves: 12
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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1/4 cup applesauce -- motts natural
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 whole egg -- or 1/4 c. egg substitute
1/2 cup strawberry preserves -- (or choose your favorite fruit preserves)
1/4 cup confectioners sugar

Preparation / Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. 2. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. 3. In a separate bowl, whisk vegetable shortening and Mott's Natural Apple Sauce until shortening breaks into pea-sized pieces. Add sugar and beat well. Add vanilla and egg. Mix well. 4. Add flour mixture to apple sauce mixture. Blend until smooth; mixture will be stiff. 5. Using flour-coated hands, roll teaspoons of dough into balls. Place on cookie sheet 1-inch apart. Press thumb into center to make indentation. Fill with 1/2 teaspoon of preserves. 6. Bake 12-15 minutes until light golden brown. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes. Place on cooling rack and dust with confectioners' su


Nutritional Information:

119 Calories (kcal); 3g Total Fat; (20% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 22g Carbohydrate; 16mg Cholesterol; 140mg Sodium

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