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Jam filled Holiday cookies which have been a tradition for every Polish Christmas Eve I can remember. Makes 4 dozen ( 24 servings).


5 cups all-purpose flour
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 pound shortening
1 cup milk
4 (.25 ounce) packages active
   dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup any flavor fruit jam
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
   for decoration


1 Warm milk to just above room temperature. Dissolve the
   yeast in the milk, set aside. In a medium bowl, stir
   together the flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in the
   shortening until the mixture is mealy. Stir in the egg yolks and
   milk mixture. Knead the dough together and then refrigerate overnight.
2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
3 Dust a clean, dry surface with confectioners' sugar.
   Knead the dough for a few minutes. Carefully roll out your
   dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out circles with a cookie
   cutter. Place a teaspoon of jam on the center of each circle,
   fold the dough over, and seal the edge with a fork.
4 Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Do not
   store in an airtight container or they will become soggy.

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