Cream butter; gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating at medium speed
of an electric mixer. Add flour and vanilla extract, mixing well.
Shape dough to 1/8-inch
thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with 2-inch round cutter. Use a 3/4-inch
cutter to cut out a star (can use any decorative design) in center of half the cookies.
Pierce solid cookies with the tines of a fork.
Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 300 degrees F for 20 minutes
or until the cookies are very lightly browned.
Cool cookies on wire racks.
before serving, spread top of each solid cookie with about 1/2 teaspoon of raspberry
preserves. Top each with cookie cutout.
Yields 3 dozen.
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