Raisin Filled Cookies
"These were a Christmas staple in my house growing up, but I bake these cookies as often as I can, because they're just that good."—David
Tip: As always, be sure to read recipes completely before beginning. Case in point: the filling and dough for these cookies need to be prepared at least eight hours in advance.
- Raisin Filling:
- 1-1/4 cup dark raisins
- 1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1-1/2 Tbsp sugar
- 1/3 cup apple jelly
- Cookie Dough:
- 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 oz unsalted butter, softened
- 2 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 Tbsp milk
Adapted from qvc.co
To prepare the filling, add the filling ingredients to a medium-size bowl and mix with a spatula until evenly incorporated. Place the mixture into an airtight container and refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight.
To prepare the cookie dough, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. With a stand or hand mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese, and both sugars. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Add the flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the milk.
Remove the dough from mixing bowl and form it into a disc. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 hours, or overnight.
To bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the now-chilled dough until it's 1/8" thick. Lightly flour two round cookie cutters, one 2-1/2" and one 3". Press them into the dough to shape your cookies.
Place the 2-1/2" cut circles onto the prepared cookie sheets. Spoon one heaping Tbsp of the filling and place it in the middle of each circle. With a little bit of water, lightly wet the edges of the cookie with your fingers. Top each with a 3" round cutout. Seal the edges together, pressing with your fingers and cut a small slit right over the filling of each cookie.
Bake for 14–16 minutes, or until lightly browned. Move the cookies to cooling racks.