Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Melt-Aways Have Tender Crust

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Melt-Aways Have Tender Crust

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A TENDER, buttery crust probably was the inspiration for the name of cottage cheese melt-aways. But we suspect they do a quick disappearing act from the cookie jar as well.

"This is my favorite cookie recipe and really doesn't take too long, if only making one batch," wrote Mary Fran Mosher of Florissant.

Susan Becker of Florissant requested the recipe. In addition to Mosher, these readers helped:

Rosemary Goulden, St. Louis; Jeanette Carr and Betty Mantro, Florissant; Eve McNew, Overland; Peggy Ratz, Pacific; Glenda Buchanan, Perryville, Mo.; Dottye Wolf, Rolla, Mo.; and Barbara Compton, Belleville.

COTTAGE CHEESE

MELT-AWAYS

For pastry:

1 (8-ounce) container cream-style cottage cheese

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) butter, melted

For nut filling:

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

To prepare pastry: Beat cottage cheese and softened butter in mixing bowl until smooth. Add flour; mix until dough forms a ball. Flatten into a round; wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Divide dough into thirds. On a floured surface, roll out each ball into a 12-inch circle about 1/8 inch thick. Brush each circle of dough with a third of the melted butter. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

To prepare filling: Combine cinnamon, brown sugar and nuts. Sprinkle a third of the filling over each circle of dough. Cut each circle into 12 wedges. Beginning at outer edge, roll up each wedge tightly. Place, point side down, on greased cookie sheets. Bake 25 to 30 minutes.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies.

Kate Reimer of St. Louis was looking for a recipe for the chocolate chip cookies that she enjoyed at Rosati-Kain High School in the 1960s. This isn't the recipe, wrote Wanda Berkbigler of Perryville, Mo., "but it's the best I ever made, and I bake approximately 125 to 150 dozen cookies every Christmastime. …

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