I got this recipe from my mother and my favorite cookbook, Betty Crocker's Cookbook. These beautiful cookies are always a hit at parties because they look like little bonbons. These cookies are great to make for children, and it's easy to let them help out.
- add 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- add 1 tablespoon vanilla
- add 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- add 1/8 teaspoon salt
- add 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- add 1 teaspoon vanilla
- add dates or nuts or semisweet chocolate pieces or candied cherries or maraschino cherries or decorative candies (anything you want to put in the middle. Coconut, nuts, colored sugar, candies, chocolate pieces or c)
- add 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- add 2 1/2 tablespoons light cream or 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
- add food coloring
- Preheat over to 350°.
- Mix thoughrouly butter, sugar, vanilla, and, if desired, a few drops of food coloring.
- Work in salt until dough holds together.
- If dough is dry, mix in 1 to 2 Tbsp light cream.
- Mold dough by tablespoonfuls around date, nut, candy, cherry, or a few chocolate pieces.
- Roll into balls.
- Place cookies about 1-inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 12-15 minutes until set but not brown.
- Prepare icing by mixing confectioners sugar with light cream or milk and vanilla until smooth.
- If desired, stir in a few drops of food coloring.
- For a tasty chocolate icing, increase light cream to 3 tbsp and stir in 1 oz melted unsweetened chocolate.
- Let cookies cool, then dip tops of cookies into icing several times to get a good layer.
- If desired, immediatly decorate with coconut, nuts, colored sugar, candies, chocolate pieces or chocolate shot.
- Makes 20 to 25 cookies.
- Variations: Brown Sugar Galaxy Cookies: Substitue 1/2 c brown suar (packed) for the confectioners' sugar and omit food color.
- Chocolate Galaxy Cookies: Omit food color and stir in 1 oz melted unsweetened chocolate (cooled) into butter mixture.