Ginger Cookies with Cherry Filling and Sour Cream Glaze

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups (550 mL) all-purpose flour

2 tsp (10 mL) ground ginger

1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking powder

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

1 cup (250 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup (125 mL) icing sugar

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract

3 tbsp (45 mL) finely chopped crystallized ginger

3/4 cup (175 mL) E.D. SMITH® Cherry Pie Filling

Edible flowers

 

Sour Cream Glaze:

1 cup (250 mL) icing sugar

3 tbsp (45 mL) sour cream

 

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Preparation:

  1. In bowl, whisk together flour, ground ginger, baking powder and salt until blended; set aside. Using electric mixer, beat butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla. Stir in flour mixture just until combined. Stir in crystallized ginger. Turn onto lightly floured work surface and pat dough into 2 disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Roll each disk between 2 sheets of parchment paper to 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using lightly floured 2-inch (5 cm) round cookie cutters with fluted edges, cut out rounds from dough, rerolling scraps once to make 36 cookies. Place on 2 parchment paper–lined baking sheets, spacing 1-inch (2.5 cm) apart. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before baking.
  3. Bake, in batches, for 10 to 12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly golden and tops are set. Transfer to rack; let cool completely.
  4. Sour Cream Glaze: Meanwhile, whisk together icing sugar and sour cream until smooth.
  5. Mash ED SMITH® Cherry Pie Filling with potato masher until chunky. Dollop chunky cherries onto half of the cookies. Cap with remaining cookies.
  6. Spread glaze over cookies and top each with edible flower. Let stand until glaze is set.

Per 1 cookie: Calories 210, Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 30mg, Sodium 85mg, Carbohydrate 27g, Fibre 1g, Sugars 12g, Protein 2g

Tips:

  1. For buttery, rich shortbread cookies, do not overwork the dough, as the butter should melt in the oven, not beforehand. If the dough feels too soft at any stage, pop it in the freezer so it’s easier to work with.
  2. Omit crystallized ginger if desired.