Noel Cookie Gems Recipe
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Noel Cookie Gems Recipe

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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
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 18 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure 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

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.

Directions

  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.
Originally published as Noel Cookie Gems in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p35

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.

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"Very good cookie. Delicious addition to our cookie tray."

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Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"I make these cookies often. I chill the dough for 1 hour for easy handling. I use a variety of homemade jams. I use chopped sliced almonds for the nuts. One time I had run out of nuts and substituted colored nonpareils for the nuts. They turned out great!"

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Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"I have been making this cookie for several years. I always come back to find the recipe. My family sees these as a christmas tradition.They taste wonderful and look really good."

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