How to Make Gram's Filled Cookies for Christmas

This recipe came from my Grandmother who was married in Cleveland, Ohio in 1921 at 18. It is from HER Mother!

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How to Make Gram's Filled Cookies for Christmas Recipe
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For the cookie dough

For the cookie dough

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Whisk all dry ingredients in a large bowl

Whisk all dry ingredients in a large bowl

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Mix wet ingredients in a measuring cup

Mix wet ingredients in a measuring cup

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Add the eggs

Add the eggs

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Whisk together, just to mix!

Whisk together, just to mix!

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Weigh the shortening

Weigh the shortening

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Cut the shortening into chunks

Cut the shortening into chunks

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Get it all into the flour mixture

Get it all into the flour mixture

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Cut the shortening into the flour.....

Cut the shortening into the flour.....

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Like this!!😊

Like this!!😊

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Pour in the wet ingredients

Pour in the wet ingredients

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Spread it around a little, it will help with the mixing.

Spread it around a little, it will help with the mixing.

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Use your hand to thoroughly mix it ALL up!👍🏻

Use your hand to thoroughly mix it ALL up!👍🏻

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Starting to come together.....

Starting to come together.....

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Just about there....

Just about there....

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Done!😀

Done!😀

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Use a bowl scraper to form the dough into a rough disk.

Use a bowl scraper to form the dough into a rough disk.

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Put it on a plate and make it nice!😊

Put it on a plate and make it nice!😊

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Done!  Now cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while you make the filling!

Done! Now cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while you make the filling!

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The rest of the ingredients - for the filling and for baking!

The rest of the ingredients - for the filling and for baking!

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Stir honey, butter and condensed milk in a large pan on low heat until melted.  Add lemon rind.  Be careful as this mixture is easy to burn.😠

Stir honey, butter and condensed milk in a large pan on low heat until melted. Add lemon rind. Be careful as this mixture is easy to burn.😠

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Ready!

Ready!

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Grind crackers in food processor until very fine.

Grind crackers in food processor until very fine.

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Like this!

Like this!

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Add cracker crumbs to ground nuts.  We use Pecan Meal.  It's just as good and about 1/10th the cost of buying and grinding pecan pieces!  I'll put a source in "Comments"

Add cracker crumbs to ground nuts. We use Pecan Meal. It's just as good and about 1/10th the cost of buying and grinding pecan pieces! I'll put a source in "Comments"

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Stir them together thouroughly.

Stir them together thouroughly.

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Ready to mix!  Stir the butter - honey mixture...

Ready to mix! Stir the butter - honey mixture...

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and, still stirring, begin adding the nut mixture a little at a time.

and, still stirring, begin adding the nut mixture a little at a time.

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Keep stirring and adding.....

Keep stirring and adding.....

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Don't hurry, just keep steady...

Don't hurry, just keep steady...

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Starting to come together.

Starting to come together.

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Add the last of the nuts and keep stirring....still over low heat.

Add the last of the nuts and keep stirring....still over low heat.

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Now it's cookie filling! 👍🏻

Now it's cookie filling! 👍🏻

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Smooth it out in the pan.

Smooth it out in the pan.

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Like this.......

Like this.......

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and let it cool until its not too warm to work with.

and let it cool until its not too warm to work with.

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Divide evenly with a knife....

Divide evenly with a knife....

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into eight portions.

into eight portions.

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Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (325° F after convect conversion.)   The clock shows 12:00 o'clock!  It's not the timer!  That's later!😊

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (325° F after convect conversion.) The clock shows 12:00 o'clock! It's not the timer! That's later!😊

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Take one portion of the chilled cookie dough. (It's divided into eight portions, just like the filling)

Take one portion of the chilled cookie dough. (It's divided into eight portions, just like the filling)

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Start forming it with your fingers into a small cylinder - note the tape measure!

Start forming it with your fingers into a small cylinder - note the tape measure!

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Roll it and...

Roll it and...

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Pat it, and Mark it with B, oops, no,😊, into...

Pat it, and Mark it with B, oops, no,😊, into...

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a rectangle about 3 inches by 12 inches.

a rectangle about 3 inches by 12 inches.

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take one portion of the filling.....

take one portion of the filling.....

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roll it out like a Tootsie Roll, the same length as the dough rectangle.

roll it out like a Tootsie Roll, the same length as the dough rectangle.

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TA DA!! 👌🏼

TA DA!! 👌🏼

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Place it in the middle of the dough and....

Place it in the middle of the dough and....

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Roll them together.  Now you see the reason for the silicone mat!

Roll them together. Now you see the reason for the silicone mat!

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It should look like this!

It should look like this!

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Carefully seal the seam and.....

Carefully seal the seam and.....

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turn it seam side down.

turn it seam side down.

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Brush the top with some of the leftover condensed milk.

Brush the top with some of the leftover condensed milk.

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Chop the coconut into small bits in the food processor.....

Chop the coconut into small bits in the food processor.....

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and spread a little on the top.

and spread a little on the top.

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Slice the log into about 1/2" cookies - on a slight angle.

Slice the log into about 1/2" cookies - on a slight angle.

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Take the two end pieces, which will be smaller, and put them together, with the cut sides facing in, to make a full cookie...waste not, want not!! 😀

Take the two end pieces, which will be smaller, and put them together, with the cut sides facing in, to make a full cookie...waste not, want not!! 😀

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use a small spatula or icing knife to lift each cookie and...

use a small spatula or icing knife to lift each cookie and...

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place them on a cookie sheet.  These sheets fit five in a row.  I know there are six in that first row, but....

place them on a cookie sheet. These sheets fit five in a row. I know there are six in that first row, but....

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They didn't fit! 😏 Five by Five!!

They didn't fit! 😏 Five by Five!!

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Get another piece of dough.........

Get another piece of dough.........

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another portion of filling and do it again and again.....

another portion of filling and do it again and again.....

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until they are all on cookie sheets! 😊

until they are all on cookie sheets! 😊

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We use a convection oven with three racks at a time..

We use a convection oven with three racks at a time..

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and bake for 13 - 15 minutes, rotating the sheet at about 7 minutes.  The oven setting shows 325° because of the convection conversion.  Whatever YOUR oven requires to bake them until the look like..

and bake for 13 - 15 minutes, rotating the sheet at about 7 minutes. The oven setting shows 325° because of the convection conversion. Whatever YOUR oven requires to bake them until the look like..

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THIS!!  Let them cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes.

THIS!! Let them cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes.

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Then put them on a cooling racks until totally cool!  Then start enjoying!. 😋 They last in airtight cans for MONTHS!  But they are best right now and for about 6 weeks.

Then put them on a cooling racks until totally cool! Then start enjoying!. 😋 They last in airtight cans for MONTHS! But they are best right now and for about 6 weeks.

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I know this Guide has many steps, but it was two years in the making and the recipe has been in our family for a hundred years that I can verify. This is 1/3 of the original recipe!

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