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1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup each packed,light brown sugar and granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons each ground cinnamon & cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
colored sugar or food coloring (optional)*
6 ounces cream cheese (softened)
1 cup marshmallow cream (fluff)
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Beat butter, shortening, sugars, eggs, cinnamon, cream of tartar, baking soda and vanilla in bowl with mixer on medium speed until combined. On low speed, beat in flour until dough forms.
Shape tablespoons of dough into balls; dip in decorating sugar. Place sugared-side up on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 8 minutes until set. Let cookies cool 2 minutes on baking sheet; remove to wire rack to cool completely.
Beat ingredients in medium bowl with mixer on medium speed until blended and fluffy.
Spread 1 tablespoon filling onto bottom of cookie; press another cookie on top.
*Separate filling into two small bowls. Add red food coloring to one bowl - green to the other bowl. Other food coloring may be used for other celebrations throughout the year. Makes two dozen.
Ruth M. Eyman, Bettendorf