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Classic Cherry Pie Cookies

 Classic Cherry Pie Cookies
These cute cookies will be the hit of any cookie tray. The cocoa-based buttercream frosting is piped over the filling to mimic a lattice crust.—Lorri Reinhardt, Big Bend, Wisconsin
60 ServingsPrep: 1-1/2 hrs. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 to 10 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking cocoa
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) cherry preserves

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. On a lightly floured
  • surface, shape dough into two 6-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic
  • wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  • Unwrap and cut into 3/8-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on greased
  • baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly
  • browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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Classic Cherry Pie Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • For frosting, in a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve
  • piping consistency. Tint frosting with cocoa and food coloring. Cut
  • a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; fill with
  • frosting.
  • Spread preserves over cookies to within 1/4 in. of edges. Pipe lines
  • across the top of each cookie, forming a lattice. Pipe a fluted edge
  • around the tops of cookies. Yield: 5 dozen.
Blueberry Pie Cookies: Substitute blueberry jam for the cherry preserves.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 112 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 47 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.