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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Filled Ravioli Cookies

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I like it when food fools the eye. That’s what drew me to this recipe. It looks like savory ravioli, but it’s a cookie filled with a sweet fruit filling. Just think of the possibilities!

2/3 cup butter, room temp
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup raspberry or other fruit preserve
Powdered sugar

In the bowl of your electric mixer, whip your butter till light and softened. Add sugar, baking powder and orange rind. Beat till combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Now add in flour. Divide dough in half form into balls, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 3 hours.

Line a sheet pan with parchment. Lightly flour your work surface and roll out each piece of dough into a 12 x 18 inch rectangle. Using a fluted pastry wheel cut the dough into 24 2-inch squares. Yes, accuracy counts! Place the squares 1 inch apart on your sheet pan. Carefully spoon 1/2 teaspoon jam into the center of each square and then top with another pastry square. Press edges together with a fork to seal. Bake at 375 for 9 to 11 minutes, until they are lightly browned. Cool cookies on wire rack and then dust with powdered sugar. Other fillings? How about apricot jam, quince preserves, Nutella, walnuts and chocolate chips, lekvar, poppy seeds, etc, etc.