Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Valentine Sweet~Hearts





These elegant, rich, buttery cookies, 
 taste as good as they look.




Decadent shortbread heart cookies
filled with jam. Serve with afternoon tea,
a snack or dessert.










I used a basic shortbread recipe 
and added jams in the middle.

Bonne Maman Jam,
this delicious jam, a product of France.
strawberry, raspberry, wild blueberry and apricot.
I received these little jams as a Christmas gift.
from my sweet daughter.
Perfect for the fillings.






Shortbread dough recipe

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Jam for filling.



Directions

In a bowl, whisk the flour with the salt, set aside.

With an electric beater or hand beater, beat the soft butter
until smooth (about 1 minute).

Add the icing sugar and beat until smooth (about 2 minutes)
Beat in the vanilla extract.

Gently stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated.

Flatten the dough into a disk shape, 
wrap in plastic wrap, and chill the dough
 for at least an hour.


Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough 
until it is about 1/8 inch thick.


Cut out the cookies with a cookie cutter. 




(Divide the cut out cookies in half,
 and cut half with a small cookie cutter heart in the middle.

Spread some jam on each of the cookie bottoms. 
Set a cutout cookie on top of each, over the jam.

Knead the leftover scraps of dough into a ball and roll out again

I used half of my dough for Valentine Cutie-Pies in a previous blog.

Place the unbaked cookies on a baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
This will firm up the dough so the cookies will maintain their shape when baking. Bake at 350deg.F for about 15-20 minutes or until cookie edges are lightly browned.



I sprinkled some with icing sugar/powdered sugar.
To avoid getting some powdered sugar on the jam 
in the middle, I covered the little heart cookie
 cutter with saran wrap and placed it over
 the middle of the cookie.



"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.
~Jane Austen~






To view my blog on Valentine Cutie-Pies,
little hand held pies filled with raspberry jam. 
to view click here.




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1 comment:

annies home said...

so very pretty your heart cookies are my grandmother used to make cookies similar to this for valentines
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