Sugar Bites Recipe: The Journal News Cookie Swap 2014


This post is part of our series on my cookie swap tradition.  Every December, for the past ten years, I’ve invited friends to join me in a cookie exchange.  Over the years, our party has evolved into a mother-daughter event, hence the many recipe contributors listed on some of the posts!  Each post contains a favorite recipe from past exchanges.

See how to win more than $700 worth of prizes, including a stand mixer, at our Cookie Swap on Dec. 2

This recipe comes from Sabrina, who typically brings the most delicious but complicated recipes of the group.  We usually spend a few minutes marveling at her patience in tackling such lengthy recipes.  With this recipe, Sabrina surprised us in opting for simplicity, and the results were wonderful; these are simple, special jam-filled treats that are adored by adults and kids alike.

Click here to see our recipe database with more from past Cookie Swaps. 

Sugar Bites by Sabrina Bluestone

Sugar Bites by Sabrina Bluestone


  • 1 pound salted butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Jam of your choice


  1. Mix softened cream cheese and butter in a mixer until blended. Slowly at flour 1 cup at a time. Once combined wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 F. Sprinkle powdered sugar on a work surface and roll dough into 1/4 inch sheets. Cut dough to the circle size of your choice place jam in the center and layer a second circle on top. Refrigerate cookie sheet 10 minutes to re-chill dough then bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.


cookieswap2012finalC-01Win more than $700 worth of prizes! The Journal News Cookie Swap will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the new Chef Central location at 419 Tarrytown Road, Greenburgh. Suburban Sweets blogger Josephine D’Ippolito will teach everyone how to host their own cookie swap, with tips on everything from the guest list to the decorating sprinkles. Food writer Megan McCaffrey will host. Come down, meet our experts, share in some cookies and enter to win more than $700 worth of prizes! We’re giving away a Kitchen Aid Mixer, cookware, a waffle maker — and a basket of must-have bakeware selected by Josephine herself.


About Author

Suburban Sweets columnist Josephine D’Ippolito is a baking enthusiast whose passion began more than twenty years ago, when, on a whim, she and her college friend made a single batch of cookies from scratch. One husband, three children and thousands of cookies later, Josephine enjoys the creative and culinary process of baking more than ever. Older, wiser and slightly more health conscious, she tends to justify her habit by making her desserts on the tiny side. Quite possibly her favorite day of the year is her annual cookie exchange held each December, when she gets to revel in the talent and sweetness of her dearest family and friends.

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