Fruit-Filled Spritz Cookies
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
Makesabout 7-1/2 dozen
- 1-1/2 cups chopped dates
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons orange juice
- 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
- 1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
- 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup ground nuts
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Confectioners' sugar, optional
- In a small saucepan, combine the first five ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 8 minutes or until thickened. Cool completely. Stir in the cherries, coconut and nuts; set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
- Using a cookie press fitted with a bar disk, press a 12-in.-long strip of dough onto an ungreased baking sheet. Spread fruit filling over dough. Press another strip over filling. Cut into 1-in. pieces (there is no need to separate the pieces). Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
- Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden. Recut into pieces if necessary. Remove to wire racks to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.
Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 77 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 45mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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Dec 10, 2017
I've been using this recipe every Christmas season since my sister gave it to me a number of years ago. They were a hit at a church function again this year.
Dec 1, 2017
These cookies are fabulous! I thought I'd previously reviewed this recipe, but saw that I hadn't. I've been making these cookies since the recipe first appeared in Country Woman magazine in 2001. More of a pastry than a cookie, they are a delightul blend of delicate cookie crust wrapped around a tasty and unusual filling. The compliments I always get on them are well worth the effort!
Dec 9, 2011
I made a half batch of these cookies to see if I they were any good and they got rave reviews. I doubled the recipe for a family cookie exchange last night-- I need a lot and they yield 7 1/2 dozen but that's not the reason I chose them, I chose them because they really are quite unique and definitely one of the best cookies I've ever tasted. It is a time consuming cookie but so worth the effort. I chopped my dates very fine as well as the cherries and I used cashews as my nut since it's what I had around the house. A definite crowd pleaser!
Dec 13, 2009
Question...I want to try this recipe but, Is that 1 cup of chopped Maraschino Cherries OR 1 cup of Maraschino Cherries, chopped. There is a difference.
Jul 15, 2009
I made these the past 2 years for Christmas . They are super easy & taste great ,everyone loves them that has tried them .