Pistachio-Cherry Sandwich Cookies

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The dough for these decadent cookies can be made up to two days ahead and chilled until ready to use. Feel free to try different jams and spreads in the center or cut the cookies into holiday shapes. For a lower-calorie option, skip the filling and serve the cookies as singles rather than sandwiches.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups shelled pistachios
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sherry preserves

Preparation

 1. Process pistachios in food processor 1 minute, or until finely ground. Transfer to bowl, and set aside.

2. Cream butter and sugar in food processor 30 seconds, or until fluffy. Add egg and lemon juice; pulse 15 seconds, or until combined. Scrape down. Add pistachios, flour, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt. Pulse 15 seconds more, or until combined and dough starts to clump together. Divide dough in half, flatten into 2 disks, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour, or until firm.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out 1 dough disk on sheet of lightly floured parchment paper, to about 1/8-inch thick. Transfer parchment and cookie dough onto cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Place in freezer 5 to 8 minutes to firm up.

4. Cut out cookies with 2-inch cutter, and place 1-inch apart on parchment paper–lined baking sheets. Reroll scraps, and repeat. Bake 12 minutes, or until edges are golden. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough disk.

5. Spread 1 tsp. preserves on each of 24 cookies. Top with remaining cookies.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Makes 24 cookies
  • Calories: 248
  • Carbohydrate Content: 34 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 29 mg
  • Fat Content: 11 g
  • Fiber Content: 1 g
  • Protein Content: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 5 g
  • Sodium Content: 41 mg
  • Sugar Content: 19 g