Jeweled Heart Cookies

Jeweled Heart Cookies

Sweeten your next batch of cookies with Raspberry jam from Oregon.

Makes 1½ dozen

Ingredients Preparation
Cookie

  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup softened butter (1½ sticks)
  • 1 cup seedless raspberry preserves
  • ⅓ cup confectioners’ sugar
Cookie Steps

  1. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract and salt.
  2. With pastry blender or two knives used scissor-fashion cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Sprinkle 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water, 1 tablespoon at time, into flour mixture, mixing lightly with a fork after each addition until dough is just moist enough to hold together.
  4. Shape dough into a ball; wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll. (Or, place dough in freezer 30 minutes.)
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll one-third of dough at a time 1/8 inch thick, keeping remaining dough refrigerated.
  7. With floured 3 or 4 inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut dough into as many hearts as possible.
  8. Place hearts, 1/2 inch apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet.
  9. Reserve trimmings. With floured 1 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter cut out centers from half of the hearts.
  10. Remove cutout centers, and bake along with larger cookies, checking after 7 minutes for doneness.
  11. Remove cutout centers, and bake along with larger cookies, checking after 7 minutes for doneness.
  12. When cookies are cool, sprinkle cookies with cutout centers with confectioners’ sugar. Spread each cookie without cutout center with 1 rounded teaspoon raspberry preserves; top each with a cookie with a cutout center, gently pressing cookies together to form a sandwich. Store in tightly covered container.
  13. Option: To make open face jam covered cookies, place one teaspoon raspberry jam on solid heart cookie and with a small paint brush or spatula pull jam out to cover entire top. Outline with purchased cookie decorations, or top with small cutout heart and decorate with sugar sprinkles or more jam.