Sweetheart Cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for work surface

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup confectioners sugar, plus additional for dusting

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp almond extract


Filling:

1/2 cup of any flavor seedless jam

Directions:

- In a medium bowl, sift flour and salt together. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine butter and confectioner sugar; beat together until mixture is smooth. Add vanilla and almond extract; stir until blended. Add the flour mixture and stir.
- Press dough into a ball, cover and chill for at least 2 hours.

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut dough with desired cookie cutter shapes, these will be the bottom half of the cookies. Re-roll dough and cut out top half of each shape, then use a smaller cookie cutter (small circle or square or whatever shape you have) and cut out the center of the tops of the cookies.
- Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes or until cookies are set and edges are very lightly browned. Remove cookies and cool on wire racks.

Filling assembly:
- Take one bottom cookie and spread about 1 teaspoon of jam over it, make sure you do not spread all the way to the edges. Then take the top part of that cookie and place it over the jam.
- Dust the top of the finished cookies with confectioners sugar.

* Perfect for Valentines day or Holiday baking*
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