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I first discovered these darling cookies when an Italian friend brought them into work one day. She explained that they were traditional cookies served at bridal showers. Since that day I make these cookies often particularly for Chinese New Year as the peach is considered to be a divine fruit of the gods and imparts immortality in our culture.
These cookies are very simple to make and assemble, but boy do they really give an impact. People always squeal with delight when they see these little cookies, and I don’t blame them. After making these for the past 5 years I still love how whimsical they are. The traditional filling is a peach or apricot preserve, but I have tried it with Nutella with delicious results.
You will need:
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
4 cups flour, keep some extra on hand in case you need more to thicken the dough
1 tablespoon baking powder
peach or apricot jam warmed for easy spreading
peach liqueur (I use water and it is fine)
red and yellow food coloring (Usually I stick to gel colors, but the garden variety liquid ones from the grocery store mix better)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
1) In a mixer, mix together sugar, eggs, and vegetable oil until well combined.
2) Add the baking powder. Slowly add in the flour until well mixed. The dough should resemble a thick cookie dough that can be rolled into balls. If it is too thin, add more flour.
3) Each cooke dough ball is one half of the cookie, therefore it is very important that you try and make the balls as equal in size as possible. I use a small cookie scoop which really helps equal quantity. Scoop the dough and roll them into balls.
4) As you can see, the balls flatten a little at the bottom as they rest. This is what you will want.
5) Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Do not let the cookies brown too much at the top and they should be lightly browned on the bottom.
6) Pour the brandy liqueur or water into 2 small bowls. Add 2 drops of food coloring into each of the bowls so that you have 1 bowl with red and one bowl with yellow. Pour the granulated sugar into a larger sized bowl to roll and coat the cookies in. Set up an ‘assembly’ line of the jam, food coloring, the bowl of sugar, and the cloves.
7) Spread jam on one half of the cookie and create a sandwich with another half.
8) Dip half of the cookie in the red colouring. Dip the other half in the yellow coloring. Dip quickly as you do not want the cookie to soak up too much liquid and become soggy.
9) Roll the cookie in the granulated sugar.
10) Add a clove at the top to simulate a stem