Mary’s Tavern Recipes ~ Nutjammer Cookies

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Mary’s Recipe Box

In looking for a recipe that I’ve created, my search led me a “verra” old recipe box that I started when I was 18 years old. Now, some of you already know how old I am, so this box is ancient. 😉 The box is stuffed with recipes I’ve collected and received for almost 40 years. I no longer have the lid, but it’s a treasured item filled with memories.

I’m craving something sweet–yes, the holidays were only a month away, but I was good and didn’t indulge too much.

It’s been eons since I’ve made these treats. In fact, I’m talking 30 years ago. I know I’ll be baking cookies this weekend.

Do you have a recipe box? Do share!  

Nutjammer Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1-8oz. package cream cheese, softened

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

½ tsp baking powder

2 cups, pecans, chopped fine (or any other kind of nut you favor)

1-12oz. jar apricot or peach jam

2 teaspoons sugar

1/3 cup powdered sugar

Cream butter and cream cheese together. Sift flour and baking powder together. Add to creamed mixture. Chill 2-3 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix nuts, jam, and sugar. Divide dough into four equal parts. Work with one quarter at a time. Keep remaining dough refrigerated.

Roll dough very thin on lightly floured board. Cut into 2-inch squares (or use a 2-inch round cookie cutter). Place on cookie sheet and fill with 1 teaspoon of nut mixture. Top with a 2-inch square and seal edges with a fork. Bake 15-20 minutes. Remove, cool, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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14 comments


  1. Yam-yam! It sounds you’ll have a sweet weekend.
    I have a notebook with recipes. The pages are yellow and there are stains on some. I no longer use it/them but your post gives me a nudge to go and check something that can be prepared fast.
    Enjoy your weekend!

    • Wonderful to hear, Carmen! I was scratching my head the other day trying to think of a recipe. All of sudden, I thought of my old wooden box. My husband is a “cookie monster,” so he’s in for a treat. It’s a surprise.

      Have a wonderful weekend, too! 🙂

  2. Liz Evans

    I’ll be baking right along with you…these sound delicious. Can’t wait to try them, thanks Mary. Have a wonderful weekend

  3. Dianne

    These sound yummy. Your tavern will be filled with wonderful smells while you bake.

  4. Marilyn Munro

    Mary,

    I have a few recipes that were my mother’s. They must be at least 75-80 years old. I shall look through them to find one I might share with you.

  5. Shannon Bryans

    The dough reminds me of the one I use to make Pecan Tassies, except without the baking powder. My great aunt Libby taught me how to make these, back when my mom didn’t really let me in the kitchen. They are one of my all time favorites & bring back sweet memories. It had to be nearly 50 years ago I was standing on a stool in her kitchen pressing the dough into mini muffin cups…

    • What a beautiful memory, Shannon. Yours reminded me of similar one…my granddaughter standing on a chair and helping me with cookies one afternoon. It seems like only yesterday. She was 3 at the time, and now is 19. Originally, my recipe called for walnuts. However, on the back of my recipe card I made a note of using pecans, since I didn’t like walnuts in my late teens. Now, I’m a huge fan.

      Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  6. I love pecans. Will try these after asking my men what kind of jam they want. 🙂

  7. cutieb

    I can’t eat nuts, but the rest of the cookie sounds delish! I will have to try it. Oh, and by the way, I do know how old you are and I would never consider you “ancient”!! *smack*

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