Happy Valentines’s Day everyone.
Luke and I have no real plans. To be honest, I am not one of the biggest fans of Valentine’s Day …so I think we will get take out and catch up on Downtown Abbey.
I made these cookies for a friend recently and thought they were the perfect V-Day cookies – crisp butter shortbread cookies filled with red raspberry jam. BUT if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day and still want to make these cookies, then just use another cookie cutter.
**A couple tricks to these cookies; make sure the dough is warm enough to role out, but cool enough to make crisp cutouts, match the top and bottom of the cookies together before putting the filling in and put powdered sugar on the top cookie before sandwiching the cookies together.
Adapted from Gourmet
- 2/3 cup almonds * The recipe called for hazelnuts, but I choose to use almonds. Either will work.
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 12-oz jar raspberry jam
Toast almonds in a shallow baking pan until fragrant, then cool to room temperature.
Pulse nuts and 1/4 cup brown sugar in a food processor until nuts are finely ground.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Beat together butter and remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a stand mixer (preferably fitted with paddle) or 6 minutes with a handheld. Add nut mixture and beat until combined well, about 1 minute. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
With floured hands, form dough into 2 balls and flatten each into a 5-inch disk. Chill disks, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 2 hours.
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
Roll out 1 disk of dough into an 11-inch round (1/8 inch thick) between 2 sheets of wax paper (keep remaining dough chilled). If dough becomes too soft to roll out, rewrap in plastic and chill until firm. Cut out as many cookies as possible from dough with larger cookie cutter and transfer to 2 ungreased large baking sheets, arranging about 1 inch apart. Using smaller cutters, cut out centers from half of the cookies, reserving centers and rerolling along with scraps (reroll only once). Bake cookies, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until edges are golden, 10 to 15 minutes total, then transfer with a metal spatula to racks to cool completely. Make more cookies from second disk.
Spread about 1 teaspoon jam on flat side of 1 solid cookie and sandwich jam with flat side of 1 windowed cookie. Sandwich remaining cookies in same manner.
Cookies keep, layered between sheets of wax paper or parchment, chilled in an airtight container 2 weeks.