Valentine Day Vanilla Shortbread Hearts Recipe

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Valentine Day Vanilla Shortbread Hearts Recipe
These jam-filled cookies will melt hearts and resolve as they beckon with buttery vanilla goodness.
TOTAL TIME: 0:55    PREP: 0:40    COOK: 0:15    LEVEL: MODERATE    YIELD: 2 DOZEN

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 c. unsalted butter
  • ¾ c. confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • onfectioners’ sugar, for decoration
  • ½ c. seedless raspberry jam

DIRECTIONS

  • In a small bowl, combine flour and salt. In a large bowl, with electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla. On low speed, beat in flour mixture just until blended. Shape dough into 2 disks; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Between 2 sheets of floured wax paper, roll 1 disk 1⁄8-inch thick. With floured 3-inch heart-shape cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Cut out centers of half cookies with floured 1 1⁄2-inch heart-shape cookie cutter. Slide cookies on wax paper to another large cookie sheet and refrigerate about 15 minutes, or until firm. Remove heart-shape centers from cookies; place cookies on prepared sheets, 1 inch apart. Bake 13 to 15 minutes, or until edges are lightly golden. Cool on parchment paper on wire racks. Repeat with remaining dough, rerolling scraps.
  • Sift confectioners’ sugar over cookies with cut-out centers. Spread 1 teaspoon jam on each plain cookie; top with remaining cookies to form sandwiches.

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