Submitted by Jacqueline Shubitowski of Sherman Oaks
"My mother-in-law, Ruth Shubitowski, makes wonderful baked goods, but
cookies are the best.... Banbury tarts are included in the Christmas package year after year, and they're still our favorite."
1 hour, 15 minutes
About 5 dozen cookies
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups flour
Seedless jelly or jam (preferably currant or raspberry)
1. Heat the oven
to 375 degrees.
2. In the bowl
of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in the egg yolks, then the vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour until combined and smooth to form the dough (the dough will be a bit stiff at the end, and you may need to add the last cup of flour by hand).
3. Form the dough
into small balls and make a depression in the middle with your thumb. Spoon a teaspoon or so of jelly in the depression. Space the cookies about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet and bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
Each of 5 dozen cookies: