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       Title: Basic Country Butter Cookies-Part 3
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 16 servings
  
            Variation continued...
  
      6.  MERRY CHERRY CRESCENTS:  Stir two 3-ounce containers candied
   cherries, chopped, into dough. After chilling, shape into 1 1/2-inch
   crescents. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. When cool, sprinkle with confectioners'
   sugar. Makes about 4 dozen.
   
       7.  GRANDMA'S ALMOND-JAM BARS:  Heat oven to 325~F. Increase butter to
   1 cup and baking powder to 1 tsp.; reduce flour to 1 1/4 cups. In small
   bowl using fork, mix 1/2 cup batter, 1 cup coarsely chopped sliced almonds
   and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour until crumbly; spread remaining batter in two
   greased 8-inch square baking pans. Spread 1/4 cup apricot preserved over
   surface of each; sprinkle almond-crumb mixture over jam. Bake 45 minutes
   until firm and topping is browned. Cool in pan; cut into 2-inch-wide
   diamonds. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.
   
       8.  LEMONY CONFETTI CRISP:  Increase eggs to 2; stir 1 tbsp. each
   freshly squeeze lemon juice and grated lemon peel into dough. Drop
   unchilled dough by teaspoonfuls, spacing 2 inches apart; using back of
   spoon, smooth out to 2 1/2-inch circles. Top each circle with 1 tsp.
   chopped mixed candied fruits from 8-ounce container; bake, one sheet at a
   time, 8 to 10 minutes until edges of cookies are brown. Remove immediately
   from cookie sheet; quickly drape over rolling pin to set curved shape.
   Makes about 6 dozen.
   
       9.  SWEET MINCE MINI PIES:  In small bowl combine 1/2 cup prepared
   mincement and 1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel. After chilling, roll out dough to
   1/8-inch thickness; cut into 2-inch scalloped rounds. Using sharp knife,
   cut small X in center of half of rounds. Place 1/2 tsp. mincemeat mixture
   in center of uncut rounds; top with cutout rounds. Using tines of fork,
   press edges of “pie” to seal.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes. When cool, sprinkle
   with confectioners' sugar. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.
  
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