Raspberry Dreams Recipe
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Raspberry Dreams Recipe

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I made variations to my friend's recipe to come up with this version. Family and friends look forward to me baking these each Christmas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 54 servings


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 drop lemon juice
  • 5-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) raspberry preserves
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 drop lemon juice
  • 1 drop red food coloring, optional
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 148 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and lemon juice. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Divide dough into three portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-in. round cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  4. Spread raspberry preserves on the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies.
  5. For icing, combine the sugar, lemon juice, food coloring if desired and enough milk to achieve a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cookies. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Raspberry Dreams in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p98

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Elizabeth Woodford 71855
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"I first made this recipe one Christmas as an attempt to replicate some of my favorite cookies from a bakery in Minnesota. All my family agreed that these tasted extremely similar, and are now a new favorite. The only thing is that due to the sandwiching process they are a bit more time-consuming, but my family thinks that the results are well worth the extra time."

adams187 80055
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"Something is missing. There is not enough liquids. The dough was so dry after adding the flour, I couldn't even form balls let alone roll it. I ended up adding more lemon juice."

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