Chapstick Cookies

Unappealing title, huh?1 Luckily, though chapstick is a key ingredient in this cookie recipe, no chapstick actually goes into the cookies. Butter, flour, almond, sugar, and jam make these bite-sized shortbread cookies lip smackingly good.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups flour3
  • 1/2 cup jam (I used strawberry, but any flavor would be delicious.)
  • a sprinkling of confectioner’s sugar

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). If you have a convection (fan) oven, preheat to 300°F (150°C).

In a medium sized bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Mix in the almond extract. Add flour gradually until the dough reaches a clay-like consistency. Don’t put in too much flour4 and be sure not to overwork the dough!

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, about the diameter of a quarter, dirham, or euro coin.

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Without flattening, press a hold in the center of each ball with your chapstick tube or similar cylindrical instrument. Each indentation should be about halfway into the ball.

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Fill each hole to the top with jam, being careful not to let it overflow.

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Chill your baking trays in the freezer for ten minutes to stiffen up the dough, then bake for 15-20 minutes in your preheated oven. Cookies should still be soft and light in color when finished, but will harden as they cool. Mine cracked a little, but I didn’t really care.

Sprinkle lightly with confectioner’s sugar, then hide them somewhere so you don’t have to share.

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Makes at least 24 bite-sized cookies.

 

 

  1. Unless you were one of those weird kids who ate chapstick. At one point, I had Jolly Rancher and jello-flavored chapstick, but I still didn’t try to eat them. []
  2. This blog is in no way affiliated with ChapStick, Pfizer, or anyone else in the lip-hydrating industry. In fact, you can use any old tube of lip balm, a large pen cap, or other cylindrical device with the correct diameter. []
  3. I only ended up using about 1.5 cups. []
  4. You will probably have some left over. []

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