Over the weekend we really got in the Valentine’s spirit and made some simple sandwich cookies. We were inspired by the current Martha Stewart Living cover. To make these tasty cookies I used my favorite shortbread heart recipe and we sandwiched them with some delicious strawberry jam. So yummy and so simple! I thought about tinting the batter pink but my daughter wanted regular cookies she could decorate with sprinkles so that is what we stuck with. Here are some simple shortbread hearts you can make at home. Also, this recipe works well with ANY cookie cutter shape you desire.
Mini Shortbread Heart Sandwich Cookies
makes 2 dozen 2-inch sandwich hearts
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. To Make the Cookies: In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter, sugar until light and fluffy. Reduce the mixer to low speed and add the vanilla. Then spoon in the flour and salt, mixing just until the dough forms. Remove the dough from the bowl and wrap it in plastic wrap and chill it for at least 3 hours.
2. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place it on a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to roll it out to 1/8³ thickness then cut desired shapes with cookie cutters. I used mini hearts! Place the shapes on a lined cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Then cool completely.
3. To make the sandwich, spread a little of your favorite jam on one of the hearts and close the sandwich with another. Serve!
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