Viennese Sachertorte Cookies ~ Pillsbury Celebrity Cook Along

 I’m joining Lynn at Happier Than a Pig In Mud for this months’ Celebrity Cook Along starring none other than the Pillsbury Doughboy himself!  Who can ever forget the famous jingle “Nothin’ says lovin’ like something from the oven, and Pillsbury says it best.”  Over the years I have collected many issues of the Pillsbury Bake-Off Cookbook and decided to look through my stack of books to find a recipe for this event.   Phyllis Wolf from Salem, Oregon, won $2,000 at the 30th Bake-Off for this recipe for Sachertorte Cookies.  These cookies capture all the wonderful flavors of a true Sachertorte and are delicious with a steaming hot cup of Viennese coffee.

I purchased a box full of Bake-Off Cookbooks on e-bay several years ago have found some wonderful recipes in back issues.  My oldest book is from the 3rd  Bake-Off in 1951, before Pillsbury marketed any of the many convenience items we see today on grocery shelves and in refrigerated cases in every grocery store.  The changes in America’s eating habits are evident in the books over the past 60 years and I have to chuckle at what we were eating back in the ’50’s.  Who could resist a recipe like “Hot Ziggities,” a $3,000 dollar winner that consists of 1 pound of ground wieners wrapped in little pastry triangles?

Viennese Sachertorte Cookies ~ Pillsbury Celebrity Cook Along
  • • 1 cup butter
  • • 1 3.9 oz. package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • • 1 egg
  • • 2 cups flour
  • • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • • ? cup apricot or cherry preserves
  • • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • • 3 tablespoons butter
  1. 1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. In large bowl combine 1 cup butter and pudding mix; beat until light and fluffy. Add egg; blend well.
  2. 2. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Gradually add flour; mix well. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. With thumb, make indentation in center of each cookie.
  3. 3. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes or until firm to the touch. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Cool 15 minutes or until completely cooled. Fill each indentation with ½ teaspoon preserves.
  4. 4. In small saucepan, melt chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons butter over low heat, stirring until smooth. Drizzle glaze evenly over cookies.
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  1. KC says

    Congratulations on the new site. It looks fantastic and I look forward to many more wonderful recipes with the great photography that makes the food look fabulous.

  2. Bonnie says

    Best wishes in your new home!! Looks great. Sachertorte is my favorite Austrian cake and the cookies look delicious!


  3. Foodiewife says

    Wow! Nice new digs! Gosh, I used to collect the Pillsbury Cookbooks, and I think they’ve gotten lost over the years. This recipe looks easy, but quite lovely too. I’ve resubscribed, so I don’t miss a thing! Happy Blog Warming, Cathy.

  4. rebecca says

    welcome to your new home looks great and love these cookies now following here
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  5. Aimee says

    Welcome to your new cyber-home and congratulations!!! Yum, cookies sound SO good right now to both my DH and I–but alas we are out of a lot of items so a boxed mix will have to do:(

  6. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says

    Your cookies are very pretty Cathy, much prettier than the ground hot dogs I’m sure! It must be fun to go through the older cookbooks, our tastes have definitely changed. Your new blog looks very nice, I signed up to follow. Thanks so much for joining the Cook-Along:@)

  7. Rettabug says

    What a lovely new home you have established, Cathy! I changed your addy in my blog roll & signed up again for email alerts to your new postings.

    Your cookies look luscious! At first I thought they had caramel in the middle. :-)
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I like the way you’ve boxed it so it can print easily. Nice touch!
    I wonder if that is possible to do with blogger? I just finally figured out how to make a link to a new page with the recipe on it. Will investigate further.

    Hope you’re having wonderful summer weather. I hope to be back to blogging shortly. Tooth issues at the moment…UGH!!
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  8. Rita says

    Found your new home! It looks very regal; love it. I presume you go out of Blogger; would love to hear about your adventure. These cookies looks like prize winning delights.

  9. Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook says

    Congrats on your new place!
    Great looking cookies, delicious way to welcome us over :)

  10. Heather @girlichef says

    Your new site looks amazing, Cathy…love it!! As do these cookies, I know I couldn’t resist :D
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  11. Biren @ Roti n Rice says

    Congrats on your new home! It looks wonderful. These sachertorte cookies with apricot preserves look delicious!

  12. Ramona says

    They look good. I luv the way you fanned the strawberries!
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  13. Jeannie says

    Got you all saved up and new address updated:D ….now can I have some of those delicious cookies as a reward? Yum!
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  14. Pam says

    The new look is awesome! These cookies look mighty amazing too.
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  15. My Carolina Kitchen says

    Congratulations on the move Cathy. Everything looks beautiful including the cookies. I’ve signed up to receive email and I’ll change your address on my blog roll.
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  16. Kate says

    I love your new “look”! I have switched out your address on my blog. Congratulations on your big step!!
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  17. Susan says

    Congratulations on the move, Cathy! Things look wonderful here and I’ve changed your address in my blog list already.

    Great recipe for the cook-along! They look delicious and I like your choice of apricot preserves.
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  18. Julie says

    Congratulations on the move!! I love trying those older recipes. How fun you were able to get the older cookbooks.
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  19. Lynda says

    I love your new look Cathy! And the cookies look yummy too.
    I’ve resubscribed so that I don’t miss anything. After all, this is one of my favorite blogs!

  20. Barbara says

    I was a faithful collector of those Bake Off books! I cooked from them constantly back in the 50’s and 60’s. My kids still ask for some of the recipes. They were practically falling apart and had food stains on them! I recently gave them all to my DIL.
    Congrats on the move AND the cookies!

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