Dec 15

Swedish Dainties

Every year, without fail, my mom, my little sister and a couple of girlfriends and I get together for a day of Christmas baking. While we generally attempt to make 12 to 15 different varieties of baked goods to hand out as gifts to friends, coworkers and the like, we decided to save our sanity this year and just focus on a handful of really great ones.

This recipe in particular is one that has been in the rotation since the very beginning of this tradition. The fact that it only has four ingredients deems it one of the quickest to put together and the hardest to ruin. The results are always delicious all the while remaining pretty and festive looking. It just isn’t Christmas until I pop one of these guys into my mouth.

What you need:
::1/2 cup butter
::1/4 cup sugar
::1 cup flour
::1 egg (separate yolk and whites)
::crushed pecans
::your favourite jam (I used my grandmothers homemade raspberry jam)

what you’ll do:
::Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
::Cream together the butter and sugar.
::Add flour and egg yolk. Mix well.
::Make small round balls out of the dough (around 1″ each)
::Dip the cookie dough balls in egg white and then roll them in the crushed pecans
::Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet spaced evenly apart, and bake them for 4 minutes.
::Remove the tray from the oven and, using a clean thimble, gently press a small hole in the middle of each cookie, careful not to press all the way through.
::Put the tray back in oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
::Once cool, add a dollop of jam to the centre.

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