Day 4: Christmas House Cookies

These are a favorite of mine.  A friend passed the recipe to me 10 years ago and I try to make them every year.  I do not know where the original recipe came from or how it got its name. ImageThese are always a hit to take to a party and easy to make.  As a bar cookie, these do not cut as neatly as we wish they would. The picture does not do them justice.  If you like raspberry, chocolate, meringue and a cookie dough crust, these are the cookies to make.  Enjoy.

Christmas House Cookies Recipe

1 cup salted butter

1/2 cup sugar

pinch of salt

2 egg yolks

2 1/2 cups of flour

 1 18. oz jar raspberry preserves

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

4 egg whites

1 cup sugar

2 cups ground almonds

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease 10×15 cookie sheet.  

Cream the butter and 1/2 cup sugar in a mixer bowl until light.  Beat in the salt and egg yolks.  Add the flour gradually, mixing until the dough is very stiff.  Spread the dough evenly over cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Take out of oven and spread preserves over baked layer; sprkinkle with the chocolate chips.  Beat the egg whites until stiff.  Fold in 1 cup sugar and the almonds.  Spread evenly over the chocolate chips.  Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Makes  1 tray, can be cut to your liking

As for the distribution of our cookies today:    We left gift bags of cookies for the trash men (including trash, recycling and yard waste fellows) as well as the mail carrier.  We stopped at a firehouse to drop off cookies, only to find it was an empty firehouse, hopefully nothing too serious kept them from receiving cookies.  Will try to deliver tomorrow.  Tomorrow, we begin baking for the Cookies for Cancer Bake sale taking place this weekend in Charlotte, NC.  Visit the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer – Charlotte NC facebook page to get details on locations and times. They would love your support.  

Coming up:  Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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