The light, incredibly flaky base of these delightful sandwich cookies is an easy-to-make form of French puff pastry. Mix and match the flavorings, and you'll have cookies for every taste.—Susan Falk, Warren, Michigan
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cold butter, cubed
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
- 2/3 cup marshmallow creme
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 1-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
- Optional flavoring: 2 tablespoons baking cocoa, 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Optional filling: seedless raspberry preserves, blueberry preserves or crushed peppermint candies
- Confectioners' sugar
- In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in cold butter and cream cheese until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or until easy to handle.
- Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut out with a floured 1-1/2-in. cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 7-10 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat marshmallow creme and softened butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar.
- TO MAKE CHOCOLATE-RASPBERRY COOKIES: Beat cocoa into marshmallow creme mixture. Spread on the bottoms of half of the cookies. Spread raspberry preserves on the bottoms of remaining cookies; top with creme-topped cookies. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
- TO MAKE LEMON-BLUEBERRY COOKIES: Beat lemon extract into marshmallow creme mixture. Spread on the bottoms of half of the cookies. Spread blueberry preserves on the bottoms of remaining cookies; top with creme-topped cookies. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
- TO MAKE PEPPERMINT COOKIES: Beat peppermint extract into marshmallow creme mixture. (Tint with 1 drop red food coloring if desired.) Spread on the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Roll sides in peppermint candies if desired. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 6-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Flaky Creme-Filled Cookies in Taste of Home November 2011, p58
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