Valentine’s Day came and went, and this year we tried out a new cookie recipe for the occasion. The oldest daughter suggested the design and so the end result looks quite fancy, but they are still easy to make and easy to modify for any occasion that you want to make cookies for. Plain ol’ biscuit cutters of different sizes work fine, too. This is a shortbread cookie, so plan in some time to let the dough chill in the fridge.
Valentine Sandwich Cookies
6 tablespoons of butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup strawberry jam
In a large bowl, mix the butter with the brown sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and blend.
Add flour and salt, beat well. Wrap the dough and chill 1 hour or longer.
Roll half of the dough to 1/8-inch thickness.
Cut with cookie cutter of your choice. Transfer the cookies to a lightly greased baking sheets.
Cut out the center of half of the cookie with a smaller cookie cutter.
Bake at 350°F. for 5 to 6 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned. Cool slightly on the baking sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Spread the solid cookies evenly with strawberry jam, and if desired, dust the cookies with the cutout centers lightly with powdered sugar.
Top the solid cookies with the sugar-dusted cookies, pressing lightly together to fill cutouts with jam.
We used the cutouts for more sandwich cookies of the less fancy kind as shown below. How many cookies this makes depends on the size of your cookie cutters; we got 13 out of the deal this time around.