Tuesday, December 05, 2006

December 5 -- Sacher Torte Cookies

For today's special feature, here is one of our favorite Christmas cookies. I have made these each Christmas for at least 20 years.

1 cup butter, softened
1 (4 1/2 oz.) pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup apricot (or raspberry) jam
1/2 cup chocolate chips
3 tablespoons melted butter

Heat oven to 325°. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and pudding
mix; cream together until fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Gradually
add flour, beating at low speed with mixer until dough forms. Shape
dough into 1” balls. Dip balls in sugar. Place 2” apart on ungreased
cookie sheets. With your thumb, make an imprint in center of each
ball. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until cookies are firm; remove from
sheets immediately to wire racks to cool. When cookies are cool, fill
each indentation with about 1/2 teaspoon jam. In a small saucepan, or
in microwave, blend chips and butter over low heat until chocolate
melts, stirring constantly. Drizzle about 1/2 teaspoon chocolate over
each cookie.

Yield: About 4 dozen cookies.

This is one of our very favorite Christmas cookie recipes. They look
pretty and fancy but are very easy to make. I believe I found the recipe in a Yankee magazine article about the Wellesley Cookie Exchange.


  1. Anonymous5:29 PM

    Oh my, these do sound delicious! I am enjoying the daily posts. I am sorry I haven't been able to keep up with posting on the challenge. Things just seem to have gotten away from me. Keep up the good work!!
    Blessings, Patty

  2. Hi Patty,

    I hope you get to try these. They are a huge favorite in our family -- I don't think I could ever get away without making them for Christmas. Fortunately, they're easy. If you don't make them for Christmas, they also make a nice cookie for a tea, a ladies' luncheon, or Valentine's Day.

    So glad you're enjoying the daily posts. I'm having fun with them too.

    God bless,


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