Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins
This old fashioned cookie comes from the recipe box of my great grandma. They get their name from the fact that they are rectangular and colorful, resembling a magic carpet. She always made them with brightly colored icing as the filling but thay are just as good with jam (or a little of both!). I have also filled them with Nutella before and they turned out fantastic.
- 1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla or 1 tablespoon almond flavoring
- 2 2⁄3 cups flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2-3⁄4 cup jam (or Nutella) or 1⁄2-3⁄4 cup icing (or Nutella)
- Preheat oven to 375°F Mix butter, sugar, egg and flavoring until creamy. Measure flour by sifting. Mix dry ingredients. Blend into butter mixture.
- Divide dough in half, reserve for trim. Roll remaining dough in 2 (12x6-inch) rectangles on a well-floured or cloth covered board. Cut each rectangle lengthwise in 3 equal strips. With a spatula, carefully lift each strip to a parchment lined baking sheet, placing 1 inch apart.
- Spoon reserved dough into a cookie press. Work in 2 teaspoons cream if it is too dry. Using the smallest star design, press out long ropes on each side of strip, and also 1 down center, pressing down slightly to seal. If you do not have a cookie press, you can roll long, thin ropes instead. Bake about 10 minutes, or until edges are delicately browned.
- Cool. Fill in the rows of trim with jelly or icing. Carefully cut 1-inch diagonal pieces with a sharp knife.