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Auntie Mary's

    Dough:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 c.packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp.vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
    Filling:
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 finely chopped walnuts

*Confectioners sugar

Method

(1) Cream butter and sugars with cream cheese til fluffy
(2) Stir in flour,baking powder, and salt.
(3) Divide dough in quarters,wrap, and chill
(4) Make filling: combine sweet. cond. milk and chocolate cooking over medium heat til melted Stir in walnuts and cool.
(5) Heat oven to 350 F. Grease cookie sheets.
(6) Roll each quarter of dough to 10x6 inch rectangle. Spread 1/4 of filling down center section and fold in thirds over filling. With spatula transfer rolls to cookie sheet seam side down.
(7) Bake 20 minutes til lightly browned.
(8) Cool, sprinkle with confectioners sugar and cut in 12 diagonal slices.


Chocolate Cherry Squares

  • 1 cup unsifted flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 package(8 oz.) cream cheese,softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped red candied cherries
  • Red cherries, halved
Method

(1) Combine flour,brown sugar, and butter(cut in chunks) in large mixer bowl Blend onlow to form fine crumb(2-3 minutes) Stir in nuts. Reserve 3/4 cup crumbs for topping Press remaining crumbs into ungreased 9 in. square pan Bake at 350 F. for 10 minutes til lightly browned.
(2) Make filling: combine cream cheese, sugar, cocoa, milk, egg, and vanilla in small mixer bowl;beat til smooth. Fold in chopped cherries.Spread mixture over warm crust. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over top. Place cherry half for each desired square.
(3) Return to oven and bake at 350 F. for 25 minutes til lightly browned and filling is set.
(4) Cool and cut into squares.Store refrigerated.


Pecan Drops

    This can be doubled or tripled:
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine,softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp.vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
  • pecan halves
Method

(1) In large mixer bowl cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolk and vanilla, beat til light and fluffy Beat in cream of tartar.
(2) Stir in flour and chopped pecans.
(3) Drop by heaping half teaspoonfuls 1 inch apart on lightly greased cookie sheet. Press pecan half into center of each.
(4) Bake in preheated oven at 300 F. til golden brown (23- 25 minutes) Remove at once to wire racks to cool.


Linzer Squares

    Dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups +2 Tblspn.unsifted flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. dbl.act. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup(2.5 oz.)ground hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup butter(or marg.)
  • 1 Tblsp. grated lemon peel
  • 1 egg,beaten
  • 3/4 cup thick raspberry jam
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp.water
Method

(1) Heat oven to 375.F. Grease 9 in. square pan.
(2) In large mixer bowl add 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nuts, and butter. Mix til well-combined. Add lemon peel and egg, stir til ingredients are moistened.
(3) Reserve 1/2 cup dough. Pat remaining dough into pan and set aside.
(4) To reserve dough add 2 Tblsp. flour. Roll between two sheets of waxed paper into 9 in. square. Freeze for 5 minutes to firm.
(5) Spread jam over dough in pan leaving a 1/4 in. border.
(6) Take reserve dough, peel paper off and cut into 18 strips 1/2 in. wide. Make lattice top with 9 strips parallel and 9 crosswise over the top.
(7) Stir egg yolk and water together in small bowl; brush strips. Bake 30 minutes until top is golden brown.
(8) Cool completely, cut into 36 little squares. About 95 calories each.



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Tips:

  All of these cookies are fancy Christmas cookies. They should be packed carefully and frozen. I use waxed paper between the layers. Anything made with sour cream or cream cheese will not keep well unfrozen. Those should be eaten within a week, if not stored.

Try to use real butter, vanilla, don't overbake,
and play with the dough as little as possible.
(Try to put up with the dough-snitchers)
Auntie Mary's are a cream cheese cooky, so they should be kept cool. Watch that the chocolate for the filling is melted on very low heat- no scorched chocolate!

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