Apricot preserves fill the center of these adorable cutouts, which start with sugar cookie dough flavored with peanut butter. Add these treats to your holiday baking list.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

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  • Place peanuts in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add cookie dough, flour and peanut butter. Pulse until dough is well combined, and cleans the inside of the bowl.

  • Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Wrap one part in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Roll the other half between two sheets of parchment or waxed paper to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Place on ungreased baking sheet; freeze for 5 minutes.

  • Remove from freezer and peel off paper. Cut out star shapes with a 3 inch star cutter and place back on the baking sheet. Re-roll scraps and cut out more stars for a total of 18. If dough becomes too soft, place back in freezer for a few minutes. Bake for 11 minutes at 350 degrees F. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Roll out the remaining dough and cut out 18 stars as in steps 3 and 4. After placing on baking sheet, cut out center with a 1-inch star cutter. Bake and cool.

  • Microwave the apricot preserves for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Spread 1 teaspoon of the preserves onto one side of each of the uncut cookies. Dust the cut-out cookies with the confectioners' sugar and place on preserve-topped cookies to form a sandwich. Press gently.

Nutrition Facts

208 calories; 10 g total fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 143 mg sodium. 27 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein;

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