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Cinnamon-Date Shortbread Sandwiches

Yield 2 1/2 dozen
Sandwich a sweet date filling between these cinnamon cookies. Use your favorite holiday cookie cutters for variety.

Ingredients

  • Date Filling
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Prepare Date Filling, and cool completely.

  2. Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add flour, cinnamon, and vanilla, mixing well. Shape dough into a ball. Roll dough to 1/8" thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with 1 1/2-inch or 2-inch round cutters. Use 1/2-inch cutter to cut out a star in half of cookies. Pierce solid cookies with a fork or wooden pick.

  3. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets. Freeze 10 minutes. Bake at 300° for 20 to 25 minutes or until cookies are very lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire racks, and cool completely.

  4. Spread each solid cookie with about 1/2 teaspoon of Date Filling. Top each cookie with a cutout cookie, pressing gently to adhere. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Christmas with Southern Living 2000