12 Days of Cookies: Day 4
Posted on December 15, 2013
These are “pretty” cookies that look like they came from the italian bakery down the street.
And a great opportunity to use that jam from summer. Makes them even more special and
be sure to call that jam out on your gift tag!
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon real vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
Any seeded Berry jam or jelly
(raspberry is classic but strawberry, rhubarb..any will be delicious)
Simple Glaze (see recipe below)
Preheat oven to 375 degree F. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add half of the flour, the sugar, egg, vanilla, and salt. Beat the cookie mixture until thoroughly combined. Beat in the remaining flour, mixing until the dough sticks together to form a ball. Gather dough into a ball and knead slightly. Divide the cookie dough into 8 equal portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough into a 9-inch-long log. Place the logs on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. With side of your finger or wooden spoon handle, press a long groove down length of ropes.
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Spoon jam or jelly into groove and bake for about 5 minutes more or until edges begin to brown slightly. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Using a large spatula, remove to a cutting board. Drizzle the Simple Glaze over hot cookies. Cut into 1-inch slices and move to wire racks to cool completely.
3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring
3 – 4 teaspoons milk
In a bowl, mix powdered sugar and almond flavoring. Stir in enough milk to make a thick drizzling consistency.