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Filled Sugar Cookies

Author/Submitted by: Betty Crocker's Cookbook
Servings: 24
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1 1/2  cups  powdered sugar
1  cup  margarine or butter, softened
1  teaspoon  vanilla
1/2  teaspoon  almond extract
1    egg
2 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour*
1  teaspoon  baking soda
1  teaspoon  cream of tartar
2  cups  raisins, cut-up dates or
3/4  cup  sugar
1/2  cup  chopped nuts, if desired
3/4  cup  water
    Granulated sugar
    *If using self-rising flour, omit
    baking soda and cream of tartar.

Mix powdered sugar, margarine, vanilla, almond extract and egg. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cook raisins, sugar, nuts and water, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens; cool. Roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 24 circles with 2-1/2-inch doughnut cutter that has center removed. Replace center and cut out 24 circles with doughnut cutter. Place whole circles on lightly greased cookie sheet. Top with raisin mixture, spreading almost to edges. Top with remaining circles. Press edges together with floured fork. Sprinkle tops with granulated sugar. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown; cool. 2 DOZEN COOKIES; 245 CALORIES PER COOKIE.

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