Today, I'm sharing my favorite Christmas cookie ever. Like, forever ever. Forever and ever and ever. They're beautifully sweet, light and buttery, bite-sized treats sent straight from cookie heaven. My mom was generous enough to share this recipe with me, even though she knows it's one of the reasons I come home for Christmas every year! I enjoy making and giving these cuties. They are perfect for cookie swaps, and look gorgeous resting on a bright platter!
Fancy Jelly-Filled Thumbprint Cookies
3/4 C. sugar
3/4 C. butter (softened)
2 tsp. grated orange peel
1 3oz. block cream cheese (not the full size (8 oz.) package)
2 1/4 C. All-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. seedless red raspberry preserves (or seedless jelly/preserves flavor of your choice)
1/2 C. white chocolate chips (melted)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat cheese, sugar, and butter together; add egg and orange peel, blend. Add dry ingredients; blend well.
Cool cookie dough in refridgerator for easier handling.
Shape into 1" balls and place 2" apart on cookie sheet.
Using the rounded end of a wooden spoon handle, gently press a "hole" into each ball, being careful not to poke all the way through to the surface of the sheet.
Fill "holes" with 1/4 tsp. preserves
Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until firm to touch.Melt white chocolate chips; drizzle glaze over cooled cookies.
Makes 2-3 dozen. Enjoy!