Thursday, February 2, 2012

Valentine Jam Cookies

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Today is the third day of my Valentine Series, and I'm going to share with you my favorite Valentine cookie.
It's sweet, and simple, and the perfect way to say, "Will you be mine?"

Cast of Characters:

♥ 1 cup butter
♥ 2 cups sugar
♥ 2 large eggs
♥ 4+ 2/3 cups flour (plus more for dusting)
♥ 1 teaspoon baking soda
♥ 1/4 teaspoon salt
♥ 1/4 cup buttermilk
♥ 2/3 cup  strawberry jam

Using your electric mixer, cream butter and sugar for about 4 minutes, or until fluffy (anybody else out there who just just count this part as dessert?  I always have a hard time resisting eating just the sugar/butter mixture!). Add eggs, one at a time.  Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl.  Slowly add dry ingredients to the mixing bowl, alternating with buttermilk, until combined.  Knead dough into a ball and press flat, then wrap with plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge for an hour, or until firm.

Preheat oven to 350*.  On a lightly floured surface, roll chilled dough to 1/8 inch thick.  Use 1 inch to 3inch  cookie cutters to cut out your cookies.  I cut out circles and then used my small heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out little "jam windows" in the centers of half of my circles (don't cut windows in all of your cookies, or they'll be hollow!)  Save the little cut out hearts to make more little heart sandwich cookies :)

Chill your cut out cookies for 30 minutes before putting them in the oven.  Bake until just golden, about 10 minutes.  Once you take them out of the oven, allow them to cool on a wire rack.  Keep repeating this process until you have used up all of the dough (or wrap it back up and stick it in the freezer--it freezes wonderfully for a few weeks)

Once your cookies are all nicely cooled, spread jam on the bottom cookie (for me, the plain circle) and then gently press a cut-out cookie on top (my circle with a heart).  Take a bit more jam and fill in the "window" of your cookie.

Set them out on a pretty plate, and enjoy!

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