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Cream Cheese Dainties

Apricot or Strawberry filling
1/2 cup butter
1 package (3 oz) cream cheese
1 tsp sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
Prepare Apricot filling: 1/2 cup apricot preserves with 1/2 tsp lemon extract


Strawberry filling: 1/2 cup strawberry preserves with 1/2 tsp almond extract

Beat butter and cream cheese until well blended

Mix in sugar and then flour

Divide dough in half and chill thoroughly

On a lightly floured surface, roll each half of dough to 1/16 inch thickness

Use floured 2-inch cookie cutters to cut about 3 dozen 'bases'

Transfer bases to cookie sheets and spoon about 1/4 tsp filling in center of each cookie

Cut remaining dough with the same size cutters. Use 1-inch cutters to cut out centers

Top cookie bases with cut-out cookies or with 1-inch cutouts

Bake at 375 F for 6-8 minutes. Immediately remove to wire racks to cool

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