Back when I was a kid my mother always made Christmas Wreath Cookies. A couple of years ago I found this even simpler recipe from one of my Williams-Sonoma cookbooks and loved the fact that you could do this in a food processor and there was no sifting involved. With the exception of the coating of the nuts this recipe is very close.
I am all about easy especially when it comes to baking as that is not necessarily my forte. One thing I did find in making them this time around was that my "large" egg yolks must not have been large enough. What I found when I pinched some of the dough it wasn't really sticking together so I improvised and put a tiny bit of cold water in at a time until the dough pulsed off the side of the processor bowl.
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup (8 oz.) unsalted butter – cold cut into pieces
- Jam – any flavor
- In a food processor – combine the flour, granulated sugar – pulse together.
- Add in the cold butter next and pulse until crumbly.
- Add in the egg yolks and vanilla and pulse or process until the yolks fully incorporate and mixture pulls away from the sides.
- Turn dough out on plastic wrap. Press together and chill for about 15 – 20 minutes.
- Remove dough from frig. Form dough into ¾ inch balls and flatten and put a thumbprint in center of cookie.
- Fill each one with jam and bake.
Preheat oven 350 degrees – bake until golden 15-20 minutes until edges are golden. Yield = 44
These inexpensive cookies are great Holiday give-a-ways. They cost me $2.95 to put together. Place them in colorful holiday tins from the Christmas Tree Shop or Dollar Stores and you have a nice home made gift to give to family and friends and neighbors.