File under the “I make healthy food, too” category: Heidi Swanson’s honey-sweetened thumbprint cookies on 101 Cookbooks were the perfect light dessert to bring to a birthday BBQ party. Before I knew it was going to be a party populated mostly by vegans, I just wanted to make something sweet using some of the incredible surplus of jam we had floating around the kitchen. I had decided on linzer cookies (just bought dove and kitten cookie cutters from Jean-Talon) with apricot preserves.
But I settled on these tiny thumbprint cookies instead, which are about a million times easier than linzer dough, anyway, and they came together in about five minutes. I didn’t have any honey, so I used maple syrup instead (haha, Canada!), and I substituted vanilla for 1/2 tsp of cinnamon as well. Unfortunately the texture wasn’t my style — I thought they were painfully dry, save the jam-soaked centers — but the flavor profile was perfect, just a hint of sweetness and spice.