Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Day 194: Strawberry Shortbreads

Yield: 3 dozen cookies
Time (Start to Finish): 1-2 hours

¼ cup sugar
½ cup butter
1 egg yolk
pinch salt
1 Tbsp almond extract
¾ cup flour

strawberry jam


powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Take sugar and butter and mix until smooth
3. Add the egg yolk, salt and almond extract
4. Add the flour and mix until comes together in a ball
5. If the dough is too soft, add flour, if it is too dry, add some cream or almond extract
6. Form dough into 2 balls and put in the fridge for 30 min
7. Roll dough out to about ¼ of an inch thick, maybe a little thinner
8. Use a cookie cutter and cut round cookies. Half will be the tops and half will be the bottoms, so separate them into two.
9. The bottoms place on the cookie sheet. Rub water around the edges and place a dollop of jam in the center of each cookie. Not too much
10. With the tops, cut a hole in the top with a smaller cookie cutter and place on the top of each cookie. Press lightly around the edges and make sure the jam is exposed
11. Bake until they are light brown and dust with powdered sugar

Rating: 4.5 strawberries
Notes: I made these for a nice little dinner party. They are small and bite size, but you can make them any size you want. I wanted them to be something you could pop a couple in your mouth and still want more. I make these every year for valentines day. Usually I make them heart shaped, but this year they are just cute doily like. They lasted about 10 min at the party and then were gone. Enjoy them while they are hot!! They last well and taste perfect.

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