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       Title: 1995 5th Place: Joan’s Little Joys
  Categories: Cookies, Holiday
       Yield: 36 servings
  
       1 c  Unsalted butter, softened
   1 3/4 c  Confectioners' sugar
   1 1/2 ts Pure vanilla extract
   1 1/2 c  All-purpose flour, sifted
            -before measuring
     1/2 c  Finely ground hazelnuts or
            -macadamia nuts
     1/4 c  Seedless raspberry
            -preserves (approx)
            Food coloring as desired,
            -for decorating
  
      1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheet (s) or line
     with parchment paper.
   
      2. Beat butter and 1/2 cup of the confectioners' sugar in large bowl
     of electric mixer on high speed until well combined. Mix in vanilla.
     Stop the mixer and add the flour and ground nuts. Mix on low speed
     just until combined.
   
      3. Using 1 teaspoon dough for each, roll into rounds. Place on baking
     sheet. Dip the bottom of a flat glass in confectioners' sugar,
     reserving 1/4  cup for this purpose. Press each ball, flattening to a
     1-inch round.
   
       4. Bake just until they begin to color, 9 to 11 minutes. Transfer
     to a wire rack to cool.
   
      5. Spread bottoms of half the cookies with preserves, using about 1/4
     teaspoon for each cookie. Sandwich together with another cookie.
   
       6. For icing, mix remaining 1 cup confectioners' sugar with just
     enough water to make it spreading consistency. Tint icing with food
     color, if desired.
   
      7. Decorate top of cookies with icing, using a pastry bag, if
     desired.
   
     Fifth-place winner in the 1995 Chicago Tribune Holiday Cookie
     Contest: by Isabelle Clarke Garibaldi of Burr Ridge
  
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