Print Options

Back to Painted Holiday Delights >

Include these items:

Taste of Home Logo

Painted Holiday Delights

 Painted Holiday Delights
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.
12 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.

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

  • 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 of 2

Painted Holiday Delights (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
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.