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Susie uses sweet (unsalted) butter in baking — -a legacy from her childhood on a dairy farm, where she learned to appreciate pure, fresh dairy products and other farm produce. “When we were growing up, my father really made a lot out of birthdays and holidays. At Christmastime, when the pressures of farming were less, he made gingerbread houses and baked cookies – it was very festive!” And so are these mouthwatering treats, with buttercream frosting sandwiched in between.

Yield: Makes 2-1/2 dozen.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup Buttercream Frosting tinted green and pink


Cream butter and 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar until fluffy and light. Stir in vanilla and mix well. Add flour and nuts and blend to make a stiff dough. (Add up to 1/4 cup more flour to stiffen dough.) Roll dough a teaspoonful at a time into small balls. Place 1 inch apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, until firm. Roll in remaining 1 cup confectioners sugar while still warm. ("I push them all together on the cookie sheet and cover them with the sugar pushed through a sieve.") Cool on a rack. Sandwich cookies with frosting in between, using a spatula or cake decorating set fitted with a star tip. (If cookies are to be frozen, do not frost until they are thawed and ready to be served.)

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