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Photo: Alan Richardson; Styling: Betty Alfenito Photo by: Photo: Alan Richardson; Styling: Betty Alfenito

Lifesaver Cookies

Coastal Living DECEMBER 2010

  • Yield: Makes 32 sandwich cookies
  • Prep time:15 Minutes
  • Chill:1 Hour
  • Bake:10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Raspberry preserves, strawberry jam, or buttercream frosting
  • Decorating Icing
  • Red licorice

Preparation

1. Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk, and beat until smooth. Stir in extracts.

2. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended. Shape dough into 2 balls; wrap in wax paper, and chill 1 hour or up to 1 week.

3. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. (If dough is too firm to roll, let stand 5 to 10 minutes.) Cut dough into circles using a 3-inch round cookie cutter. Cut out centers of circles using a 1-inch round cookie cutter. Place cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheets; bake, in batches, at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on pans 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

4. Spread about 1 teaspoon raspberry preserves, strawberry jam, or buttercream frosting between 2 cookies. Dip in Decorating Icing, allowing excess to drip back into bowl. Add pieces of red licorice to resemble stripes on a life preserver ring.

Note:

Note: Bake time is per batch.

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