Christmas Cookies

Sam Choy
By Sam Choy
Wednesday - December 16, 2009
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Ho, ho, ho! This week on the show, we share Sam’s Jam Filled Peanut Butter Cookie recipe in a Christmas Cookie Swap with guests Tracy Hironaka-Keao (FIJI Water), John Tsukada, Gay Wong (Mutual Publishing), Kelvin Ro (Diamond Head Market & Grill), Veronica Kaneko (McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii) Jim Lenhart (Hawaii Coffee) and Ivy Nagayama (Sansei & DK Kodama Restaurants).

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*1cup all-purpose flour

* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1 stick butter

* 1/2 cup sugar

* 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

*1cup smooth peanut butter, at room temperature

* 1 large egg, at room temperature

* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 1/2 cup guava jelly

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl. Beat in the peanut butter. Scrape down the bowl. Add the egg and beat in. Beat in the vanilla. Scrape down the bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least four hours.

Dust a 12-by-17-inch sheet of parchment paper with flour, place the dough on it, and dust the top of the dough. Top with another sheet of parchment paper and roll out to about 1/4-inch thickness. Place with the parchment paper on a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.

Place racks in the middle and upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line to half sheet pans with parchment paper.

Remove the top sheet of parchment paper from the dough, and using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut 3-inch circles of dough. Top 1 circle with 1 teaspoon of the jelly and cover with another circle. Pinch the edges together and place on one of the baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining circles, placing the cookies 1 inch apart.

Bake for 10 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets from top to bottom and from front to back, and bake for another 3 to 4 minutes, until the cookies are nicely browned.

Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheets, on racks. Do not handle the cookies until cool - they’re very crumbly and could easily fall apart.

(Watch “Sam Choy’s Kitchen” Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on KHNL News 8.)

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