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Toaster Pastries

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 eggs
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder

any flavor jam, preserves, or fruit butter
1 egg white, beaten with 1 Tbsp milk
sugar for sprinkling on top

Cream together sugar and shortening, beating until light. Beat in
eggs until creamy, then stir in flour and baking powder to make
soft dough. Divide dough evenly into 16 parts. Roll each part into
a flattened ball and set aside on a plate. Wrap plate in plastic
wrap and refrigerate two hours. Grease cookie sheet and set aside.
Roll 1 ball dough into a rectangle about 1/16" thick. Spread 1
heaping teaspoon of filling evenly over dough leaving a generous
margin. Roll out another ball into similar shape and lay it neatly
over the first. Using sharp knife, trim the tart to approximately
3 1/2"x5" and crimp edge with fingertips or tines of fork. Place
tart on cookie sheet and prick top with fork.

Optional--lightly beat egg white with milk, brush tops of tarts
and sprinkle with sugar, if desired.

Bake 350 for 25 mins, until edges are browned. Prick again during
first 10 mins of baking keep them flat. Cool, wrap, and store at
room temp or frig. Tarts may also be iced.


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