Frosted Apricot Jewels

Drop Cookies
Christmas Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • Frosting (recipe follows)
  • Pecan halves

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl; cut in butter and cream cheese with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add coconut and preserves, mixing well.

Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks. Spread each cookie with frosting, and top with a pecan half.

Yield: about 3 dozen.

Frosting:

  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves

Combine all ingredients; beat until well blended.

Yield: frosting for about 3 dozen cookies.





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