Recipe: Surprise-Filled Cookies

These sweet little cookies are so festive and fun for holiday baking. Plus, the recipe is full of kid-friendly steps: rolling the dough in balls, scooping out a tiny well, and filling it with multi-colored jams and jellies. (I used raspberry jam, pineapple jam, and mint jelly.) Put some holiday music on the stereo, recruit some happy helpers, and preheat the oven because delicious fun is in store! Surprise-Filled Cookies 2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup fruit jam or jelly Directions Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Mix well with a wire whisk and set aside. In another medium bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla, beating on medium until smooth. Add the flour mixture and blend at low speed until thoroughly combined. Dough will be firm. Scoop tablespoonfuls of dough, roll into 1-inch-diameter balls, and place on ungreased baking sheets, one inch apart. With the small end of a melon baller, scoop out the center of the dough balls to make a small well. Do not scoop all the way through the cookie. Place 1/2 teaspoon of jam in the center of the well. (Place scooped-out dough back into mixing bowl to use to form more cookies.) Bake 22-24 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack.
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