From the kitchen of Kate Bencker.  These little buttery
cookies are sandwiched by a ginger filling.  They're a
nice addition to a Christmas cookie tray.  This is a

Martha Stewart
recipe.
Beat on med-high speed until light & fluffy (3-4 min):
1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c confectioners' sugar
1/4 tsp salt
Add:
1 tsp pure vanilla extract  
On low, add:
2 c plus 2 Tbsp flour
Mix just until combined.

Shape into 3/4-inch balls (chill dough if too sticky).
Place
sanding sugar in shallow bowls. Roll each ball
in sanding sugar, and place on parchment-lined
baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart.

Bake @ 350, 15-18 min.
Edges will be lightly golden.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
Spread 2 cookies with just enough
filling to allow
them to stick together.

Makes about 2 dozen
Ginger Filling:
Beat by hand or with an electric mixer on medium high speed until
smooth:
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2 tsp finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1 c confectioners' sugar
1 Tbsp honey
.
Glitter Ball Cookies, photo by Kate
"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but
sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
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