• 8 Ratings

No mere nibbles, these fruit-filled cookies can stand in for Christmas dessert. Serve them with a light sorbet or sherbet.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Recipe Summary

45 mins
2 hrs
7 mins at 350° per batch
16 sandwich cookies


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  • In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer 30 seconds; gradually add the 2 cups sifted powdered sugar beating until combined. Beat in vanilla and salt. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

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  • Gradually beat or stir in flour. Wrap and chill dough 2 hours or overnight.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Divide dough into four portions. On a lightly floured surface roll one portion of dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut out cookies using a 4-3/4-inch pear-shape cutter. Cut out a 1-1/2-inch partridge from the center of half of the pears. Cut out one 1-1/2-inch leaf for each cookie sandwich. Reroll partridges and dough scraps. Repeat with remaining portions of dough.

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  • Transfer cookies to a cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are golden. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool.

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  • Spread a generous teaspoon of apricot preserves over each whole pear cookie. Sprinkle additional powdered sugar on cutout pear cookies; place on top of whole cookies.

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  • In a small bowl stir together the 1/4 cup powdered sugar and enough milk to make an icing of spreading consistency. Spread on bottom of leaf cookies; attach one leaf cutout near stem of each pear cookie. Makes 16 sandwich cookies.


Place unassembled cookie cutouts in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw cookies, if frozen, then assemble into sandwiches.

Nutrition Facts

283 calories; total fat 12g; saturated fat 8g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 3g; cholesterol 57mg; sodium 113mg; potassium 45mg; carbohydrates 40g; fiber 1g; sugar 20g; protein 3g; vitamin a 389IU; vitamin c 1mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 1mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 48mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 10mg; iron 1mg.


8 Ratings
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Rating: 5.0 stars
We’ve made these special Christmas cookies for years. They’re a family favorite!
Rating: 1 stars
One of the favorite cookies on my Christmas tray. The dough is easy to work with, the cookie is easy to assemble and it looks elegant on the tray. This cookie is delicious with a hot cup of tea. I add a little color to the leaf by mixing together some dark green, light green and a bit of gold sanding sugars and dusting the leaves with the mixture before I bake them. People look for this cookie on my tray every year.