My granddaughter, Sam, has a winter dance next Saturday and her 9th grade class has to bring treats/snacks..each class is assigned different items. We decided, since she was here this weekend, to make some cookies for her to bring that were holidayish, since it's a Christian school and they celebrate Christmas and also can bring home baked goods still! We settled on these ribbon cookies..I have always made them with raspberry, but saw a lady who had made cookies with a variety of jams and thought it would make a pretty display for the party. I have made these for many many Christmas' in the past and always with the raspberry. I actually kind of liked the apricot in them too though, change of pace.
Here is the recipe: It's pretty simple..I doubled it so there were plenty for the party.
1 cup butter, softened (no substitutions, you have to use butter in these!)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in 4 portions. shape each into a 10 x 2-1/2 inch log. Place 4 inches apart on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
Make a 1/2 inch depression down the center of each log..I just use my fingers, and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Then fill the depressions with jam. don't overfill. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes, meanwhile making the glaze. drizzle the glaze over the logs. Then I cut them at a diagonal and remove them onto a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.