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Painted Holiday Delights Recipe

Painted Holiday Delights Recipe

These soft sandwich cookies are eye-catching, thanks to the holiday designs you paint of with food coloring. Orange juice in the dough and strawberry preserves in the filling add a light fruity flavor. I make them for special occasions.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry preserves
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • Assorted food coloring

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Combine filling ingredients; spread on the bottom of half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies.
  • 4. 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 330 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 59 mg cholesterol, 214 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.