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Jelly-Filled Cookies are Easy to Make
When it comes to baking, it has to be easy and the results have to be fabulous, a 5-star tasting experience. I’m a recalcitrant reluctant baker by choice—I only bake when I have to. I don’t bake for fun. I bake so I can indulge in a food fantasy—like indulging in a craving. This time, I’m craving jelly-filled cookies after a batch we bought at the store was less than satisfactory.
This recipe is very easy and you can make a big batch. They keep well but often, they’re gone before you can take out your cookie container. They are buttery soft with soft jelly centers that melt in your mouth. And what’s more, they look as cute as buttons...no kidding.
This light treat is ideal for tea. Round up a couple of friends and enjoy them with a cup of tea and some good old bonding time. Let’s get going:
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup sugar (if you like it sweet, you can increase it to ½ cup)
- 1 egg
- 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp of vanilla essence
- A pinch of salt
- Apricot preserve (or any fruit preserve of choice)
- In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and egg.
- Add flour a little at a time until well mixed. It should be soft and doughy. If it is too soft, refrigerate it for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Pinch a small portion off the dough and roll into 1 inch ball.
- Indent the middle of ball with your thumb to make an indentation (aka well) for holding the jam.
- Place it on ungreased cookie sheet. Make sure balls are spaced about 2 inches apart.
- When you’re done with the dough, fill each ball with preserves.
- Bake at 375 degree Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 minutes.
I have to say that these cookies may not rank very favorably in terms of calories count or weight control. If you’re worried about that aspect of eating dessert, there is such as a thing as discretionary calorie allowance. Thank goodness for that—discretionary calorie allowance make provisions for you to indulge a little—you are allowed between 100 to 300 more calories above your recommended calories for the day. If you’re active, you have may increase it a bit more. However, it’s not a license to go overboard—moderation is the better choice.
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