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Cutout Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies Recipe

Cutout Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies Recipe

Apricot preserves peek out of these buttery, tender sugar cookies. Make them throughout the year with a variety of cookie cutter shapes. —Schelby Thompson, Camden Wyoming, Delaware
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 3/4 cup apricot preserves

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape dough into a ball; chill for 1 hour or until firm.
  • 2. On a surface dusted with confectioners' sugar, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness; cut with a 3-in. pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter. Cut a 1-1/2-in. pumpkin from the center of half the cookies and remove (set aside small pumpkin cutouts to bake separately).
  • 3. Place on greased baking sheets. Beat egg whites until frothy. Combine almonds and remaining sugar. Brush each cookie with egg whites; sprinkle with almond mixture. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove immediately to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. Spread 1-1/2 teaspoons of apricot preserves on the bottoms of the solid cookies; place cookies with cutout centers, almond side up, over filling. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 196 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 111 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.