I spent the past couple days sewing and making my favorite holiday treat, Kolatchkies: sweet pastry cookies sweetened with vanilla ice cream rather than sugar, and filled with your favorite preserves.
These goodies are time consuming work, but really worth it. Just don't do as someone I know did, and try to double the batch in one bowl. (Your mixer will likely blow it's motor unless you are using industrial equipment... someone's Kitchen Aid was sorta' smoking after pulling that stunt... just saying.)
Below is my mother's famous recipe.
4 c flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 lb butter
1 pint vanilla ice cream (slightly softened)
pastry filling or preserves (our favorites have always been apricot, blueberry and raspberry)
Blend flour and sugar. With a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine meal. Add partly softened ice cream and blend. Wrap in foil or wax paper and chill overnight. Roll out to 1/8" thick. Cut into small (2.5" or so) circles using a cookie cutter. Put a small amount of filling in the center of each piece. Fold sides together and pinch closed. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes or until slightly brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.