3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon water
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup ground walnuts
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in water. Combine the flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in walnuts. Roll into 1-in. balls.
2. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Coat bottom of a glass with cooking spray, then dip in sugar. Flatten cookies with prepared glass, redipping in sugar as needed.
3. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
4. For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and orange peel; beat until smooth. Spread over the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Store in the refrigerator.
These cookies are really easy to prepare. I've made this recipe many times over the years, and the cookies are always a hit.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
YIELD: 2 dozen.
1 cookie: 173 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 123mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.