Santa fever is running high in my house this week! Each day David asks me something new about Santa—today we were at the mall (I know) and he was wondering if Santa was still there, or if he had gone back to his workshop to start making toys. Earlier this week David was wondering if Santa would come down the chimney in his room (oddly enough it’s the only fire place in our house) and I couldn’t help but think what a weird notion that would be to believe that a stranger was going to walk through your bedroom in the middle of the night carrying bags of presents! I try to let David guide our conversations and come up with what he thinks is true and what’s not, and I always wonder how long he’ll believe in Santa.
Apparently I believed until I was 9 or 10 (I know!), then pressured my parents for the truth. Upon hearing that Santa wasn’t real I worked myself into a terrible funk, then went back to believing that he was real for another year. And I see David doing something very similar when it’s his turn to learn the truth about Santa!
This year he’s told me that he would like to leave Santa with a healthy treat, but I’m trying to convince him that cookies are where it’s at! These thumbprint cookies to be exact. A few weeks ago I made 9 dozen of these delicious treats to distribute at a handful of different church events. They are so good, and super easy to make too! The cookies are soft and chewy with a crispy sugar coating. The jelly in the center gives them a sweet fruity bite—a refreshing change of pace from traditional Christmas fare.
And while I wouldn’t call them health food, I’ve used fairly wholesome ingredients like coconut oil and applesauce, with a modest amount of sugar.
I hope you have a chance to make these for Santa this week—I know he will love them! If you do, take a picture, post it on Instagram, and tag it with #frieddandelions! I don’t think I’ll be back to post anymore this week, and then I’ll be taking a break for the Christmas vacation! I will see you all back here in January! Make sure to keep up with me on Facebook and Instagram! Merry Christmas!!!
Cookies for Santa, makes 2 dozen +
1 T flax meal mixed with 3 T water (you could also use 1 T of whole chia seeds gelled with the water)
1/2 c melted coconut oil
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/4 c applesauce
1 t vanilla
1 3/4 c flour
1/2 t salt
1 t baking powder
1/4 c strawberry jelly (or choose your own flavor—raspberry is yummy too!)
1/4 c sugar for rolling cookies (I like using Bob’s Red Mill Sparkling Sugar, but plain sugar is great too)
Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Mix the flax meal with 3T of water and set aside.
Melt the coconut oil (it does not need to be total liquid, but needs to be very soft). Add the applesauce, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Add the flax egg and mix again.
Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together. Add the wet ingredients and mix well into a soft dough. Scoop dough out in leveled tablespoons. Roll into a ball and roll through sugar. Set on the cookie sheet and make an indentation with your thumb. Fill the thumbprint with 1/2 t jelly (I use a 1/4 teaspoon and doing a heaping spoonful.) Repeat with remaining dough. I can usually make about 27 with a single batch of dough.
Bake for 15 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely. They are delicious fresh out of the oven but store well for a few days as well. To store, place a piece of parchment paper between layers to keep the jelly from sticking. Enjoy…but make sure to leave some for Santa too!