Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Strawberry Dreams

I made these as part of my Christmas gifts this year. The top to a small container of spices makes the perfect cookie cutter! Since this recipe yields 9 dozen, I only made a half batch without any problems.


2 cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 drop lemon juice
5-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 jar (12 ounces) strawberry jam


1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 drop lemon juice
1 drop red food coloring, optional
1 to 2 tablespoons milk


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and lemon juice. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

  2. Divide dough into three portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 1 1/2 inch round cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

  3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

  4. Spread the bottom half of the cookies with strawberry jam; top with remaining cookies. For icing, combine the sugar, lemon juice, food coloring if desired and enough milk to achieve a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cookies.

Yields 9 dozen.

From Taste of Home Cookies & Candies Cookbook.

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