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Thumb Print Shortbread Cookies

16 Jan

3 sticks butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg,  beaten with 1 TBSp water

7 ounces flaked coconut

Raspberry or Strawberry jam


Preheat oven to 350

Cream together butter and sugar. Add vanilla Sift together flour and salt; add flour mixture to butter mixture until dough comes together. Place on floured surface and roll into a flat disk. Wrap and chill 30 minutes. Roll dough into 1-1/2 inch balls. Dip into egg wash then into coconut. Place ball onto greased cookie sheet. Press indentation in center of each ball. Spoon 1/4 tsp jam into each indentation. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.


Brie en Croute

15 Jan

1/2 of a 17.3 ounce package of puff pastry

1 egg

1 TBSP water

1/3 cup dried cherries, softened in 1/2 cup hot water for 1 minute, drained and patted dry

1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans

1/4 cup honey

1 (13.2) Brie cheese round

Preheat oven to 400

Thaw pastry sheet at room temperature 40 minutes or until easy to handle. Beat egg and water in a small bowl. Unfold pasty on lightly floured surface. Roll pastry into a 14 inch square. Stir cherries, pecans, and honey in a small bowl. Spread mixture onto center of pastry. Top with cheese.  Brush edges with egg mixture. Fold 2 opposite sides over cheese. Trim remaining 2 sides 2 inches from edge of cheese. Fold sides up and press to seal edges. Place seam side down onto a baking sheet. Decorate top with extra pastry if desired. Brush with egg mixture. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.


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