Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 13 -- Sacher Torte Cookies

Here is another of our favorite Christmas cookies. This recipe also has appeared on my blogs numerous times, but for those who are new I really must share it again.  I've made these cookies each Christmas for well over 30 years and it would just not seem like Christmas without them.  One of my daughters likes these so much that I give her some for Christmas each year on a special new holiday plate or in a special holiday tin.


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.

(Some people prefer not to use instant pudding mix.  I have found that the Land'O'Lakes recipe for chocolate butter cookies works perfectly for the cookie part of this, with no instant pudding mix needed.  You can find the recipe here: Chocolate Butter Cookies.  I've used this a number of times when I was out of pudding mix, and think I almost like it better!)

These cookies 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. Oh they do look good. I may have to add them to the line-up, though I had best be careful.

    1. I hope you'll enjoy these if you try them, Vee. We love them at our house and there are folks at church that watch for these on any cookie tray I take there. They are delicious!

  2. Those look delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

    1. I hope you and Joe will enjoy these if you try them, Terri. They've been a huge favorite among our family and friends.

  3. Thank you for the recipe. The link to Land O Lakes didn't seem to work, but I found the recipe using their search function, and here is the link. Julie Goltermann

  4. Julie, thank you so much! So annoying -- the link went to Land O Lakes, but not to the recipe. Thank you for taking the time to search for the recipe and share the link. I've fixed it in the post now, and will go to my Christmas blog and hopefully fix it there as well. Thanks again, and have a merry Christmas!

  5. Oh...yes, please! These look ever so delicious, my friend! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Happy weekend! Hugs

    1. Oh, I hope you like these if you try them, Stephanie. They are a must-make for us at Christmas time.


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