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Minnesota Cookies

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This cookie recipe has been passed down through the women in my family.  They are called Minnesota Cookies and they are short bread cookies with jam filling.  Makes approx. 50 cookies.

You will need a cookie press to give your cookies the decorated finish!
 
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Step 1: Make Dough

Ingredients:
1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups of sugar
3 cups of flour
jelly or jam (flavor of choice)

non-food materials: cookie press - use star attachment

Mix butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla together. Once smooth add in flour 1/2 a cup at a time.

When all the ingredients are mixed let the dough sit out for 15 minutes. In my experience this makes the dough firmer and the cookies chewier.

Step 2: Using Cookie Press

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You can buy a cookie press at most kitchen supply stores and online.  Many of the newer models operate and look like a caulk gun.  My mom has one of the really old school cookie presses and I like the way the cookies come out more than the newer models.  I found mine on ebay by searching for 'vintage cookie press'.

To fill the cookie press take a handful of dough and roll it in the palm of your hands so it looks like a snake.  This will help it easily slide into the cookie press tube. Once the dough is in (and not hanging out the end) put the star attachment on the top and secure it with the front ring.

Step 3: Using Cookie Press 2

Put cookies on a non-stick pan (don't grease).  Position the cookie press as seen in the image and press down handle of cookie press and dough will come out.  You want to fill the gap between the cookie sheet and the cookie press with dough.  Don't press too hard, you don't want dough squeezing out the sides.  Once you have pressed out enough dough lift the cookie press up and you will see your cookie!

You will get the hang of this over time.  I get very particular about the size of my cookies.

delish ... send pics soon ... using red hots instead of jelly

lucek2 years ago
My attempt. Spritz cookies are a holiday tradition at my house so made some of thees to go with the peanut butter and almond cookies.

Excuse the crapieness of my camera.
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How many grams are in a "cup"?
It's different for everything but this link can help. http://www.egglesscooking.com/baking-101/baking-measurements/

but for an example All Purpose Flour 1 cup=~110 grams

so a quick conversion of this recipe is,

Ingredients:
225 g of butter
2 eggs
5 ml vanilla
340g of sugar
330g of flour
jelly or jam (flavor of choice)
These look bomb
Carleyy (author) 4 years ago
I love that these cookies remind everyone of their own family recipes. Post an instructable!
reminds me of the ones my family is making here in Germany
only they are flattened balls (to half the height) with an hole in the middle going about 50% of the depth filled with the jam
before the jam we coat the upper side with some stirred eg on it and dip them in almond slivers
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Dr Qui4 years ago
They look like what we call Jammie dodgers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jammie_Dodgers

One of those eat the whole packet biscuits, yours look like the type you would scoff the lot with a nice big cup of tea.
chrisj554324 years ago
I'm a Minnesota girl - 100% Swede. My mother always made Spritz cookies just like these at Christmas time, but she used egg yolks in place of whole egg, and lots of almond extract in place of the vanilla. Her recipe called for 3 egg yolks, 1 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons almond extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 1/2 cups flour. Everyone loved them, and I inherited her original cookie press. My kids really love them!
Carleyy (author)  chrisj554324 years ago
Sounds delicious. You should post an instructable about it and post some pictures!
ooohhh, looks yummy