Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Day: Heart Cookies with Jam

After a short hiatus, I am back with a cooking vengeance. Conveniently, a holiday came along to help me re-kick things off.

Heart-shaped cookies with jam

1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 1/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 cup buttermilk
Jam of your choosing (strawberry, blackberry, apricot, etc.)

The dough has to sit for at least one hour and up to as long as overnight (I did overnight), so make time to prepare it first.
- Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy.
- Add the egg, then beat well.
- In a separate bowl combine the four, baking soda, and salt.
- Alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the sugar and butter mixture until everything is combined.
- Wrap the dough in wax paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate for alloted amount of time. 
- Wait.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Take out the dough and roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8 of an inch thick.
- Cut out your hearts. Use several different sizes of cookie cutters to make cookie-windows for the jam, or just use a pairing knife to cut out whatever size hearts you want.
- Warm up the jam so it is liquidy and easy to spread.
- Place whole heart cookie (for the bottom of the sandwich) on a baking sheet, smear with a light coating of jam, put the cookie with a window in it on top of the jam cookie, carefully add a little more jam to the heart-window.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, you want them to only be barely browned on the edges.
- Recipe makes approximately 4 sheets of cookies (give or take).

This is a time-consuming process, but I think it is worth it. The cookies were both adorable and delicious (the people in my household couldn't stop eating them). The original recipe suggests you chill the cookies for 30 minutes once you have cut them out and put them on the tray, but before you put the jam on them. I skipped this step and did not notice any negative consequences, so do as you will. I used strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry jam to create a variety of red shades. You will have leftover little hearts from making windows, I suggest making small jam cookies and also just making some simple heart-shaped sugar cookies (maybe with sprinkles!). Here's wishing you all the happiest of Valentines Days.

Modified from Martha Stewart

L. Mousse

1 comment:

  1. I love you. And cookies. I had dreams about cookies last night, actually... <3