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Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


3 dozen

These cookies began as simple Christmas cutouts. One day I decided to make them with a brown butter filling. Sometimes I'll fill the centers with melted chocolate. —Alice Le Duc, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup raspberry preserves or fruit preserves of your choice


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Divide dough in half; wrap each portion in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. scalloped cookie cutter. Cut a 1-in. hole in the centers of half of the cookies with a floured cutter.
  3. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  4. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat; gradually add confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough water to achieve a spreading consistency.
  5. Spread on the bottoms of the solid cookies; top with remaining cookies. Place 1/2 teaspoon preserves in the center of each.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 269 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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