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Say "Feliz Navidad" with a "beso"

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If you have children at home today (and many homes do), you may find these children on the fidgety side as they await for Christmas tomorrow. Instead of having them play video games or be on the computer, try another approach: round them all up into the kitchen and bake something together!

The recipe I'm passing along today is for "Besos", which is Spanish for "Kisses". This is an easy-made cookie that is sandwiched together with your favorite jam. One big advantage to these cookies is that they use ingredients that you already have on hand. These go together fast, since you don't have to chill the dough. Once it's mixed, the dough can be rolled out and cut, ready for you to bake right away.

Any flavor of jam can be used as the filling for these cookies. However, I would suggest not filling the cookies until just prior to serving them. If made too far in advance, the jam can cause the cookies to soften. You can make the cookies ahead and keep them in a covered container until you're ready to fill them.

These cookies can be made into whatever shape you choose. I would suggest making the cookies small, since this dough is quite rich. Also, smaller cookies are easier for small children to handle. These would look very nice with a collection of other cookies that you may be making and having ready for family and friends as they drop by during the holidays.

If you happen to be already thinking about a New Year's gathering, you may also be thinking about a popular Mexican dip, "Guacamole". I shared a recipe for it not long ago and if you'd like the recipe, here's the link to get it:

http://www.examiner.com/article/guacamole-a-classic-mexican-favorite

Round up the youngsters and having a Mexican baking session this afternoon! By the way, "Feliz Navidad" is Spanish for "Merry Christmas"!

BESOS

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • your favorite flavor of jam

Cream together the shortening and sugar. Sift together the dry ingredients and combine with the creamed mixture. Roll out quite thin on a floured board, about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into small squares or rounds. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. Just before serving, sandwich two cookies together with jam. Yield: about 2 dozen cookies.

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