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Strawberry-Filled Cookies Recipe

I dress these cookies with green sugar sprinkles and strawberry jam to look like Christmas. The jam can be varied for different tastes and occasions.—Jennifer Eits, Omaha, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:60 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons coarse sugar
  • 1 cup strawberry jam

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • 2. Place coarse sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll dough into 1-in. balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make a 1/2-in. indentation in the center of each ball.
  • 3. Bake at 375° for 9-11 minutes or until set. Press again into indentation with spoon handle. Remove to wire racks to cool. Spoon about 3/4 teaspoon strawberry jam into each cookie. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 86 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 51 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.