I'm in the early stages of planning my cookie boxes for Christmas. I loved baking cookies with my Mom, who made dozens of cookies to set out for her Christmas Eve buffet, but also to give to friends. You can freeze a lot of doughs and even some cookies and get a head start--I do.
Almond Pastry Pillows
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 8-oz. pkg. Cream Cheese, cut up and softened
2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and cream cheese together thoroughly until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, as needed, with a rubber spatula. Add the flour and salt and mix on low just until combined. Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
1 7-oz pkg. Almond Paste
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg white
Take out one of the doughs. Lightly flour your surface with flour and roll the dough to a 8" x 14" rectangle.
Brush with 1 large egg + 1T water. Add about 1/2 tsp. of filling in the center and place another square on top. Lightly press the edges with the tines of a fork.