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Rhubarb-Filled Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.


about 4-1/2 dozen

I won a blue ribbon at our local fair for these tender cookies. They're so pretty with the ruby-red filling peeking through the dough. Try making these special cookies and watch the smiles appear. —Pauline Bondy, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Rhubarb-Filled Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. (Dough will be sticky.)
  2. For filling, combine the rhubarb, sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Combine cornstarch and remaining water until smooth; stir into rhubarb mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
  3. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each cookie; fill with a rounded teaspoon of filling. Top with 1/2 teaspoon of dough, allowing some filling to show. Bake at 375° until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes.
Editor's Note: Any leftover rhubarb filling may be stored, covered, in the refrigerator and used as a spread on toast or a topping for ice cream.
Editor's Note
If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 129 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • vickimmc
    Jun 5, 2018

    Just made a batch of these and they are a definite keeper. Filling is too much for cookies so I would reduce it by about a third next time but really good flavour and texture

  • taras
    Jun 20, 2014

    Yummy! I used unsalted butter instead of margarine , and added a bit of red food coloring and a drop of almond flavoring. I also chopped the fresh rhubarb fine in a processor.

  • newrecipejunkie
    Jul 12, 2013

    These cookies are sooo good! I agree that they are a little time-consuming to make. It's difficult to make the indentation for the filling because the dough is on the sticky side and also there was filling left. I made half a recipe of cookies but I don't think you would have enough filling if you tried to make a half recipe of filling with a whole recipe of dough. So just enjoy the extra on toast or biscuits as it has the consistency of jam.

  • Jessica2783
    Jun 17, 2013

    I would cut the filling by half- there was a LOT left over. These are also quite time-consuming to make, but tasty

  • voodoowitch
    May 26, 2013

    These were good but rather time consuming to make. I added a little red food coloring to my filling.

  • lfalana
    Jun 25, 2011

    Made these for my grandson to sell for a boy scout bake sale. Everyone said they were GREAT !

  • Chef Wannabe
    Jun 21, 2011

    I made these cookies last night beacuse I had some leftover rhubarb. I followed the recipe, except for the size which I doubled. The baking time had to be adjusted another 5 minutes (13 to 15 minutes) or until lightly browned.The result is a largish cookie that has wonderful rhubarb taste and is not too sweet.If you want chewy cookies, remove from the oven just as they start to turn golden.For a more curnchy cookie, leave them in the oven until a medium brown, but watch them carefully.One thing though, the recipe makes a lot of rhubarb sauce. This is OK because I used it this morning on toast and pancakes (wonderful there too).Thank you for a cookie recipe that has already become a family favorite overnight.

  • emeraldosprey
    Apr 27, 2010

    These were yummy! They weren't too sweet or too tart. They softened up a bit on the second day, but they were still delicious.

  • Catscookies
    Nov 22, 2009

    very nice! not too sweet and very delicious

  • keech
    Sep 14, 2007

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