- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 3 tablespoons strawberry preserves
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
- Assorted food coloring
- In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine egg and orange juice; stir into crumb mixture just until moistened. Shape into a ball; cover and chill for 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.
- On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-in. round cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
- Combine filling ingredients; spread on the bottom of half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies.
- For glaze, combine sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Spread over tops of cookies; dry. Using a small new paintbrush and food coloring, paint holiday designs on cookie tops. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Painted Holiday Delights in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2001, p34
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