Tonawanda News — Roll out first half of ball. Using circular cookie cutter, cut into circles and place on cookie sheet.
Reshape leftover dough from the cut-out process into a ball and return to fridge to rechill.
Remove second half of the original ball and repeat, rolling and cutting circles.
Dip a thimble or small round cutter in flour and cut out a small circle in the center of exactly half of the cookies.
Bake cookies for 7 minutes at 350. Cookies with hole will bake faster so watch carefully.
When cookies are cooled, frost solid circles with raspberry preserves. Top with remaining cookies and sift powdered sugar on top of each cookie.
Uncle Joe’s cherry thumbprints
11/2 cup sifted flour
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Place ingredients in bowl and blend with mix master or spoon.
When dough is putty-like remove and cut into 24 pieces.
Roll pieces into balls and place on cookie sheet.
Press a thumb into each cookie and then top thumbprint with half a maraschino cherry.
Leone also makes these cookies with lemon curd, lime curd or chocolate granache.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.IF YOU GO • WHAT: Leone's Cookies and More with Mary • WHERE: 2488 Grand Island Blvd. at RigaTony's Italian Take-Out and Catering • WHEN: Open 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays. RigaTony's is open 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. • MORE INFORMATION: Call Leone's Cookies at 560-1985. Call RigaTony's at 773-2328.