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Belgian Cookies (Empire Cookies)

Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 1 cup white margarine
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 scant tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the Icing

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 3 to 4 tsp water

For the Assembly

  • Maraschino cherries jar usually found in baking aisle
  • Seedless raspberry jam

Instructions

For the Cookies

  1. Cream margarine
  2. Add sugar & egg, beat until light
  3. Add vanilla, mix
  4. Sift flour & baking powder, add in gradually
  5. Roll out thinly, and cut out
  6. Bake about 8 minutes at 350F - do not brown
  7. Cool completely on wire rack

For the Icing

  1. Put icing sugar in a bowl
  2. Add almond extract
  3. Add water, start with 3 tsp, and mix
  4. If needed add 1/2 tsp more at a time

For the Assembly

  1. Spread jam on a cookie, place second cookie on top, gently press together
  2. Set aside, and continue until all cookies are sandwiched with jam
  3. Spread icing on top cookie, place maraschino cherry in centre
  4. Set aside, and allow to set up for a few hours before packaging or freezing