Pressed Floral Cherry Gem Cookie

As I’ve mentioned before, I love fruit, so why not try to incorporate that love into cookies? These Pressed Floral Cherry Gem Cookies are one of my long time favorites. Although I couldn’t manage to recreate the store bought cookies that I loved so much as a kid, I did settle on this recipe as a very close replacement.

Pressed Floral Cherry Gem CookiesPressed Floral Cherry Gem Cookie Recipe

I like to use a version of my Spritz cookie recipe that I modified for the purpose of this recipe. If you have a recipe for Spritz cookies that you love, feel free to use it instead.

Ingredients:

1 cup  and 2 Tbs. butter, softened
1 cup white, granulated sugar
2 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp lemon zest
1 large egg
1/4 cup Cherry preserves

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine the butter, almond extract and egg in one large mixing bowl. Mix well. In a separate bowl, blend together the flour, sugar, lemon zest and salt. Add the dry mixture gradually into the butter mixture. Blend well until it forms a very pliable dough. Separate the dough into 4 sections and roll those sections into rolls/logs (size and number of rolls will depend upon your cookie press). Chill the rolls/logs for about 40 minutes. You want the rolls to be stiff enough to put into the cookie press, but pliable enough that they’ll be easily pressed.

Choose your preferred press plate. I like to use a round plate that results in an open centered cookie. Prepare your cookie press and add the dough.

I use two clicks for these cookies, as one click just doesn’t provide a big enough cookie surface for my preference. I press 24 of these cookies to a tray.

After the sheet is full, I press my finger into the center of each cookie to prepare for the preserves. I then take a tablespoon of the cherry  preserves and place just a bit in the center of each cookie. Don’t place too much of the preserves in the center or you’ll have a very messy cookie sheet later.

Bake for 10-11 minutes. Once out of the oven, don’t allow them to cool on the tray for more than a minute. Transfer to a wire rack as soon as possible.

Makes 48 delicious cookies.

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