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You can make these incredibly buttery jam-filled cookies as plain or fanciful as you wish. This recipe comes from Susan Lantzius, baker extraordinaire and an assistant editor at Food & Wine Books.Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips

How to Make It

Step 1    

In an electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar and salt until creamy. Beat in the egg yolks, lemon zest and vanilla. On low speed, beat in the flour, 1 cup at a time, until just combined. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and flatten them into smooth disks. Wrap separately in wax paper and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes, or for up to 2 days; or freeze for up to 1 month.

Step 2    

Preheat the oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 disk of the dough 1/8 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut the dough into star and moon shapes. Use mini cutters to stamp out patterns in half of the cookies and decorate with dragées. With a metal spatula, transfer the cookies to a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until pale golden. Let the cookies cool on the parchment, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining disks.

Step 3    

Spread a rounded teaspoon of jam on each of the solid cookies and top each with a decorated cookie.

Make Ahead

The cookies can be stored for up to 3 days in an airtight container.


Silver Dragées are available at pastry supply shops.

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