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Noel Cookie Gems Recipe

Noel Cookie Gems Recipe

From Exeter, California, Patsy Noel pens, "I found these cookies when my husband and I were dating. Since our last name is Noel, I whip up a batch every Christmas. They’re a cinch to assemble and freeze, saving time during the holiday rush, and can be filled with other jams for a change."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:18 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 1/3 cup seedless strawberry jam


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Shape into 1-1/4-in. balls; roll in nuts.
  • 2. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make a 3/8- to 1/2-in.-deep indentation in the center of each ball. Fill with jam.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 211 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 122 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.