Jam-filled Shortbreads


Jam-filled Shortbreads
Adapted from JoyofBaking.com

You can make jam-sandwich cookies, or window-sandwiches, where some of the jam filling peeks through the cutout in the center of one cookie.

Makes about: 12 sandwich cookies (depends on size)
Prep time: 30 minutes+15 minutes assembly
Bake time: 10 minutes

ingredients
2 cups flour
¼ tsp salt
1 cup butter
½ cup powdered sugar, plus extra for decoration
1 tsp vanilla
~1/2 cup raspberry (or other jam)

equipment
Baking pans
Parchment paper
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Spatula
Mixing bowl
Fork or hand mixer
Rolling pin
Cookie cutters (or cups)

directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cream butter. A few options:
    • Soften butter in microwave, mix butter into a paste using a fork.
    • Use hand mixer to convert butter into smooth paste.
  3. Beat in powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla to butter.
  4. Add flour to butter mixture. Gather the dough into a ball.
  5. Roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper.
  6. Cut cookies. Make sure that one cookie cutter is larger than the other (for window cookies). Otherwise, you can make sandwiches if the cutters are the same size.
  7. Place cookies on parchment covered pan, and freeze for about 15 minutes (helps cookies keep their shape in the oven).
  8. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool before handling
  9. To assemble cookies, place a small amount of jam on one cookie, then sandwich other cookie on top.

10. Optional: sprinkle powdered sugar on top of cookies. You can use a sifter or a fine-meshed sieve to get the sugar to come down evenly.

quick tip: If you don’t have cookie cutters, a glass can substitute.

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