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Christmas Cookies with Jam

Christmas Cookies with Jam
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45 min.
Preparation
2 h. 59 min.
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Ingredients

for 45 pieces
For the Dough
13 tablespoons
butter (at room temperature)
0.333 cup
granulated sugar
1 teaspoon
¼ teaspoon
1
¼ teaspoon
ground Nutmeg
2 tablespoons
3 cups
For Filling
¾ cup
Apricot Jam
To Decorate
¾ cup
2 tablespoons
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Preparation steps

Step 1/8
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, vanilla and salt together until creamy; add egg yolk, nutmeg and brandy, mixing to blend. Gradually add in flour and quick knead to form a smooth ball of dough.
Step 2/8
Divide dough into two equal portions. Place each dough portion between two pieces of parchment paper and roll each portion into a flat disc. Chill dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Step 3/8
Position oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Step 4/8
Roll out dough portions between two pieces of parchment paper or waxed paper to a thickness of 1/8-inch. Cut out various shapes using cookie cutters and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Step 5/8
For Filling:
Step 6/8
In a small saucepan, bring jam to a quick boil. Remove from heat and strain through a wire sieve and allow to cool slightly. Spread a small amount of jam on each cookie half and sandwich the two halves together.
Step 7/8
To Decorate:
Step 8/8
Combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the proper consistency. Divide icing into two portions. Place a few drops of blue food coloring in the larger portion. Brush cookies with blue icing and allow to set and dry. Spoon the white icing into a pastry bag and continue decorating. Sprinkle with decorative sugar and sugar pearls. Serve.

Additional advice

Yield will vary depending on size of shapes.