You could spend a fortune becoming a certified pastry chef. Or you could make these Macadamia Shortbread Cookies and people will just assume it!
What You Need
Original recipe yields 20 servings
2-1/4 cups flour
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2/3 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (10 oz.), softened, divided
1/3 cup powdered sugar, divided
2 oz. BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup PLANTERS Macadamias, chopped
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Let's Make It
Heat oven to 350ºF.
Process flour, cornstarch, butter, 6 oz. cream cheese and 1/4 cup powdered sugar in food processor 30 sec. or until mixture is well blended and starts to form ball. Divide dough in half; flatten each into disk.
Roll out 1 disk on lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 10 rounds, using 3-inch cookie cutter and rerolling scraps as necessary. Place, 1/2 inch apart, on parchment-covered baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake 13 to 15 min. or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 min. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
Melt chocolate as directed on package. Mix remaining cream cheese and sugar in separate bowl until blended; stir in chocolate. Fill cookies with cream cheese mixture to make 20 sandwiches.
Microwave preserves in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. or just until warmed; stir. Spread onto tops of cookie sandwiches; sprinkle with nuts.
These buttery sandwich cookies can fit into a smart eating plan when you plan ahead and balance out your food choices throughout the day.
These tender shortbread cookies can be baked ahead of time. Cool, then freeze in airtight container up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature before filling and frosting as directed.
Substitute PLANTERS Pecans for the macadamia nuts.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 18g
Dietary Fibers 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
20 servings, 1 cookie sandwich each
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.