Eat it

Eat it

Dig out your favorite family recipes -- you know, the ones passed down for generations -- and tune them up with jam, jelly or preserves. If yours is deemed best in the annual Spreading Smucker's Traditions Recipe and Essay Contest, your family will win a $20,000 family reunion. From Sept. 15 to Dec. 10, you can submit an original family recipe that incorporates at least 1/4 cup of Smucker's Jam, Jelly, Preserves or Fruit Butter, along with an essay about how this recipe makes your family events special. (The recipe must have been passed down for at least two generations.) Five finalists, to be chosen in January 2011, will travel to Smucker's headquarters in Ohio for a recipe-judging event, where a grand-prize winner will be chosen. Visit to enter. Until then, enjoy this traditional family cookie recipe, using fruit preserves.

Jewel box cookies

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 large egg yolk, beaten

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup Smucker's Cherry Preserves, or your favorite jam or preserves

1. Combine flour and sugar in large bowl.

2. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until coarse crumbs form. Add beaten egg yolk and vanilla. Mix until dough holds together.

3. Shape into small balls using half-teaspoonfuls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Make small indentation in center of each cookie. Chill 20 minutes.

4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Fill each cookie with scant 1/4 teaspoon jam, jelly or preserves. Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until just golden around the edges. For added sparkle, unbaked cookies can be rolled in coarse bakery sugar crystals before being placed on cookie sheet to chill.

-- June Naylor, Special to the Star-Telegram