Lifestyle Food Carla Lalli Music's Maraschino-Cream Sandwich Cookies Recipe "It’s like a shortbread, but instead of being crumbly, it’s firm and melts in your mouth," says the author of the That Sounds So Good cookbook. "They’re amazing at room temperature, cold or straight out of the freezer." By People Staff Published on July 30, 2022 11:48 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Jennifer Causey "This is a family recipe from my husband's side of the family," explains Carla Lalli Music. "His maternal grandmother, Margaret Johnson, was an incredible home baker and she was especially renowned for her holiday cookie recipes. This one was absolutely required at every Christmas and holiday party since my husband was a child." "It's like a shortbread, but instead of being crumbly, it's firm and melts in your mouth," says the author of the That Sounds So Good cookbook. "They're amazing at room temperature, cold or straight out of the freezer." Ingredients Ingredient Checklist 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting½ teaspoon kosher salt2 ½ cups powdered sugar, divided¾ cup (6 oz.) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature¼ cup vegetable shortening1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract6 tablespoons (3 oz.) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly1 tablespoon maraschino cherry liquid, plus more if desired1 - 2 tablespoon heavy cream Directions Instructions Checklist Step 1Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together flour, salt and ½ cup of the powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Cream together softened butter and shortening in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl; add vanilla, and beat to combine. Add flour mixture, and beat on low until dough comes together, 1 minute more.Step 2Portion dough evenly into 48 pieces, a scant 1½ teaspoons each; roll each piece between your palms to form a ball, placing them 2 inches apart on baking sheets as you go. Use a lightly floured fork to slightly flatten the balls and create a crosshatch pattern, rocking the fork from one side to the other rather than pressing straight down into dough. Bake in preheated oven until edges have a light golden tint, 8 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool cookies on pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely, about 20 minutes.Step 3Whisk together melted butter, maraschino cherry liquid and remaining 2 cups powdered sugar in a medium bowl to combine. Add 1 tablespoon of cream; whisk to combine. The filling should be spreadable but not runny; add remaining 1 tablespoon cream if needed. If desired, add more maraschino liquid, ½ teaspoon at a time, to make filling a darker shade of pink. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of filling onto flat side of a cookie, then sandwich with a second cookie, pressing lightly to adhere. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling. Let sandwich cookies set 1 hour before serving or storing.