Jam Strip Cheesers

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Jam Strip Cheesers
These are simple to make, and the addition of cream cheese gives them a richness that contrasts nicely with a tart jam-like red currant.

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¾ cup butter, softened
1 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
Jam or jelly of your choice (I like red currant)

In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. In a medium bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Gradually blend dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix well.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface to ½-inch thickness. Cut into 3-by-1-inch strips. Make a deep groove lengthwise down the center of each cookie with the handle of a knife, keeping ends closed. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet. Fill each groove with ½ teaspoon of jam or jelly. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes until delicately browned. Makes 1½ dozen cookies.

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