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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sweetheart Cookies



Ready for Valentine's Day?

Here is a simple Jam-filled Butter cookie that is easy to make. They look beautiful and taste delicious!

Sweetheart Cookies

Ingredients

Butter Cookie Dough

1 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt ( omit if using salted butter)
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-3 drops orange oil 
2 cups+2 Tblsp all purpose flour
1/3 cup finely ground almonds ( or almond flour )
2 Tbsp confectioners sugar

With an electric mixer, cream butter with granulated and brown sugar. Beat in egg. 
Add vanilla and orange oil. Gradually mix in flour.
Mix ground almonds with confectioners sugar. Add to dough.

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill well for easier handling.
If when rolling or cutting with cookie the dough becomes too soft, simply chill for about 10 minutes.

Filling

1/3 cup seedless strawberry spread
1 tsp Grand Marnier (opt)


When ready to roll out, divide dough into 4 pieces. 
Place between sheets of wax paper and roll very thin, about 1/8".

Remove the top sheet of wax paper.

Using a 3" heart shaped cookie cutter, cut heart shaped cookies.
For every other heart, cut the center with a 1" heart shaped cutter, creating a "window" for the jam filling.


Flip over onto parchment paper and peel the wax paper from the dough.


Arrange the hearts on the parchment paper. Place on cookie sheet.
Gather scraps, wrap in plastic, chill and repeat process until all the dough is used.
Chill the cookies and the cookie sheet for about 10 minutes before baking.


Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-9 minutes just until the edges of the cookies become a golden brown.
Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack and cool completely.


Place the Window cookies on a rack and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.


Drop a spoonful of jam onto the center of the solid heart cookies.
Using a spatula, spread the jam towards the edges of cookie, 
leaving a generous amount in the center.

Top with the "window" cookie, as shown below to make
a jam filled cookie.


Place on a pretty serving dish for a beautiful Valentine's display.
Serve, with a kiss, to your favorite person in the world.
Happy Valentine's Day!


Tutorial and photography by Jacque Benson
2011 All Rights Reserved
This material may not be reproduced without permission from the author

7 comments:

  1. Molto fini e romantici, complimenti per il passo passo chiarissimo! un caro saluto Teresa

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  2. Thank you Teresa! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  3. That' really good!!

    Why don't you join to my romantic contest??

    this is the link..it ends by the 16th feb!!!

    http://cuocicucidici.blogspot.com/2011/01/hart-to-hart.html

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  4. Thank you SO much!
    I tried to click on your site, but it is blocked due to a malware alert.
    Sorry~

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  5. These looks delicious! i read the recipe and can already taste that it IS good! Love it! I'm going remind myself to make it soon!

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  6. I love these cookies!!! They are my favorites for two reasons, taste and look.

    Have a great day :)

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  7. Thank you Faith and Mari!!
    I love these too.
    Going to try making them with Apricot/Amaretto
    filling this week.
    Yummy!!

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