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Flaky Creme-Filled Cookies Recipe

Flaky Creme-Filled Cookies Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:78 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat marshmallow creme and softened butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich cookie (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 67 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.