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Evergreen Sandwich Cookies

 Evergreen Sandwich Cookies
"A fluffy vanilla filling makes these cookies a big holiday favorite at our house," says Evelyn Moll from Tulsa, Oklahoma. "My family also likes their rich shortbread flavor."
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Green paste food coloring
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • Green paste food coloring
  • Green colored sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the butter, flour, milk and salt. Cover and
  • refrigerate for 1-1/2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • Divide dough into thirds. On a floured surface, roll out each portion
  • to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-3/4-in. Christmas tree
  • cookie cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Prick each with a
  • fork several times. Bake at 375° for 8-11 minutes or until set.
  • Remove to wire racks.

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Evergreen Sandwich Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • For filling, in a small bowl, cream the shortening, butter and
  • confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and
  • vanilla until smooth. Tint with food coloring. Spread about a
  • tablespoon filling on the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with
  • remaining cookies.
  • For glaze, combine confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth; set
  • aside 1/4 cup. Stir food coloring into remaining glaze; spread a
  • thin layer over cooled cookies. If desired, sprinkle tops of half of
  • the cookies with colored sugar. Let stand until set. Pipe garland
  • onto half of the cookies with reserved glaze. Let stand until set.
  • Yield: about 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 208 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 124 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.