Recipes, memories and random thoughts from my kitchen
Thursday, December 13, 2018
December 13 -- Sacher Torte Cookies
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.
SACHER TORTE COOKIES
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.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.