Italian Holiday Cookies

Christmas Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • Preserves

Cream butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk and vanilla, and beat well.

Sift together flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, stirring well. Chill dough until easy to handle.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls; dip each in egg white, and roll in coconut. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets; press top of each ball gently with thumb to make an indentation. Bake at 300° for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool; fill centers with preserves.

Yield: 3 1/2 dozen.


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