Valentine Jelly Filled Cookies

This recipe yields quite a few cookies (depending on cookie size), but you can split it in half and freeze some of the dough for up to 3 weeks. Or just go all in and share the love!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus a little more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup pale-pink or white sanding sugar (if you can find it, optional – you can use colored sprinkles if you want)
  • 2/3 cup apricot or strawberry jam, slightly warmed (optional)

Directions

  1. Cream the two sticks of butter butter and sugar until fluffy, about 4 minutes in an electric bowl mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating very well after each is cracked in. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together into large mixing bowl. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour, baking soda and salt mixture to mixer bowl, alternating with the buttermilk, until all is mixed together. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and cool in fridge for 1 hour or overnight if you can (until it’s firm).
  2. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and place two oven racks centered. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly four the surface of your rolling board and roll chilled dough about 1/8 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out your heart shapes (using any 1- to 3 1/2-inch heart cookie cutter is best). If desired, cut centers out of some hearts (you will fill with jelly later).
  3. Transfer the heart shaped cookies with a non-stick spatula to your lined baking sheets. Chill for 30 minutes before sprinkling with sanding sugar, if using. Bake until just golden but not too brown, about 10 minutes. Don’t cook too long, even if they don’t look fully cooked after 10 minutes, they will cook fully while cooling, you don’t want to overcook! Transfer cookies to rack. Continue with dough; re-use and roll scraps and cookie cut away!
  4. To make sandwich the hearts, brush the bottom heart lightly with jam and then cover with a second heart with the center cut out The jam will stick the hearts together. Lastly, fill cut-out area with more jam.