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Fruit and Cookie Parfaits

This recipe, which comes from reader Phyllis Larsen of San Francisco, makes about 20 cookies, but you need only 12 for the parfaits.

  • prep: 30 mins
    total time: 35 mins
  • servings: 6

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Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, for sprinkling

For the Filling

  • 1 pint raspberries (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 pint blackberries (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 nectarines, sliced
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cookies: In a food processor, pulse together flour, confectioners' sugar, and butter until large clumps form. With the motor running, pour in pineapple juice and then vanilla; process until dough just comes together (about 30 seconds).

  2. Step 2

    Transfer dough to a floured surface; roll out to a 12-inch round. With a 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut out rounds. Gather scraps; roll and cut out more rounds (to make about 20).

  3. Step 3

    Place rounds on a baking sheet; sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake until golden brown on the bottom, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheet.

  4. Step 4

    Meanwhile, make the filling: In a 2-quart microwave-safe dish, arrange fruit in layers, sprinkling each layer with sugar; do not stir. Cover; microwave on high until nectarines are soft and juice has collected in the bottom, about 5 minutes. Uncover carefully; let cool.

  5. Step 5

    To assemble, place a cookie in the bottom of each of six small serving dishes. Dividing evenly, spoon filling into dish. Top with another cookie, and garnish with mint, if desired.

Source
Everyday Food, June 2005

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Reviews (13)

  • Takoda 18 Sep, 2008

    What is wrong with you people? You are so rude I can't believe it. So someone made a mistake. Is that the end of the world? Does it give you the right to mouth off in such an inconsiderate way. I read the directions and couldn't figure out what you were all complaining about. Maybe it's YOU who has the problem . . . not MSO. Come on . . . you can point out a mistake and still be nice!!!

  • claire1332 17 Sep, 2008

    make cookies????? directions please would help come on martha we expect better from you

  • KatMyKittiesMom 16 Sep, 2008

    This is the stupidest recipe I've ever seen. Am I supposed to just throw everything together and come up with the cookie? I'm not going to try until this recipe is fixed.

  • sandorgen 15 Sep, 2008

    Where are the directions for "Make the cookies"?? I need more help, please!

  • barbarakowalk 15 Sep, 2008

    Martha, Martha, Martha. "Make the cookies?"

  • skyeyes 14 Sep, 2008

    These cookies look like they are cut-outs or slice-and-baked styles...is that the case?

  • judysteff 14 Sep, 2008

    Someone forgot to edit this recipe; it definitely needs clarification!!

  • Grandad 14 Sep, 2008

    Prepare dough and place rounds on a baking sheet!!! What kind of directions are those? Surely we can expect better.

  • chefette86 14 Sep, 2008

    "Prepare dough" doesn't really say much. Although the ingredients are included, this is a recipe, and instructions are necessary.

  • terrie-bear 14 Sep, 2008

    To make cookies that look like this, they appear to be rolled and sliced, maybe after refrigeration? Help! I think some of the directions are missing on this!

  • mykele 14 Sep, 2008

    Obviously the dough is rolled out and cut out with a round cookie cutter.
    I agree that the directions are too vague, not all readers are pros
    in the baking department but good everyday cooks who like to
    have complete directions.

  • CDalton 14 Sep, 2008

    How about a few more directions on the making of the cookies?

  • contributorsmarthastewartcomdysonam 14 Sep, 2008

    How do you make the cookies? They sound good but are they dropped or rolled and in what order do you make the dough.