Have you ever been to a cookie exchange? Talk about a great party…it’s better than the ugly Christmas sweater party, or any themed party ever thought up. If you have a lot of ladies, you get to take home a bunch of different cookies to sample. It’s sheer cookie heaven. Let’s face it, most of us love cookies, and most of us love pie too, right? So, when I found the recipe for ‘Cherry pie cookies’, I literally couldn’t wait to make them. Seriously, these little babies are some of the best cookies, ever!
They’re a creamy shortbread cookie, that will melt in your mouth. And, then you add the gooey cherry center, and it’s a match made in cookie heaven!!! You’ll want to double the recipe so you have some left over to nibble on.
I made these, and they were gone by the next evening. Less than 48 hours later, there were none left. I will definitely make these again soon. And, I’ll certainly be taking these to the cookie party, or any other party where I need to bring something. So, if you want to make something that will be a hit, look no further, these yummy little pillows of crispy, creamy, gooey, deliciousness are just the thing. They’re easy to make, and even easier to eat!
CHERRY PIE COOKIES
1 ½ cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 cups flour
1 jar of cherry preserves, or cherry pie filling
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon milk
½ teaspoon vanilla
In the stand mixer, mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, and continue to whip. Add the flour a little at a time until well blended. Remove the mixing bowl, and place it in the refrigerator, just until dough starts to cool (about 30 minutes). Remove from refrigerator, and roll into balls. Place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and carefully, push the top of the cookie ball down with your thumb, until you have an indentation in the cookie. Fill the cookie with the cherry preserves, or pie filling, and bake at 350 degrees, for approximately 15 minutes, or until golden around the edges.
Remove from the parchment paper, and cool on a wire rack. When cookies are completely cooled, Make the icing: Blend powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth, and thick. Place icing in a small plastic bag, and work down to one corner. Snip the tip off the corner of the bag, and lightly drizzle icing over cookies, making little strips of icing over the tops of the cookies. Let stand until icing is set. Then, eat cookies!