Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

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These cakey cookies are more like brownies, not too sweet, with a rich cocoa flavor. You can do a lot of variations: roll them in powdered sugar or coconut, or my favorite: make them into thumbprint cookies and fill them with strawberry or raspberry jam. The nice thing about them is you don't need any special ingredients and they're low fat (~2.5g/cookie without chocolate chips). Be sure not to overbake them - they should be set around the edges but still soft in the middle.

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs or 3 large egg whites
2 tsp. vanilla
~1/2 c. chocolate chips

icing sugar, for rolling
optional: strawberry or raspberry jam, sweetened coconut flakes

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl (or the bowl of a food processor) combine the flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add the butter and blend with a fork, whisk or pastry cutter (or pulse the food processor) until well blended. You might need to add a splash of milk to moisten the dough. Fold in chocolate chips (if using).

If you're using a food processor, transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir until the dough comes together (you may need to use your hands for this) - at first it will seem like there isn't enough liquid, but it eventually works! You may need to get in there with your hands - don't be afraid to - you'll need to roll the dough into balls by hand anyway.

Put some icing sugar in a shallow bowl and spray two cookie sheets with nonstick spray. Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and roll the balls in icing sugar to coat; place an inch or two apart on the cookie sheets. Flatten slightly (they don't spread out much)

For thumprints: make a shallow indentation in each cookie, fill with a small spoonful strawberry or raspberry jam.

Bake for 8-12 minutes, until set around the edges but still soft in the middle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

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