Heart-Shaped Sandwich Cookies

Glazed and decorated with pastel-colored icing, these raspberry-filled cookies make a thoughtful gift on Valentine's Day.

Heart-Shaped Sandwich Cookies
Servings: 80 Yield: 20 filled heart cookies, 40 unfilled and 20 bite size Prep 20 mins Chill 2 hrs Bake 350°F 8 mins per batch

Ingredients

Cookies:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Icing:
  • 1 1 pound box confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons powdered egg whites (see Note)
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • Pink and violet food coloring
  • Mini white sugar balls OR: nonpareil candies
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jam

Make It

Cookies:

1. In large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.

2. In second bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy, 3 minutes. Beat in yolks and vanilla. On low speed, beat in flour mixture in 3 batches, until dough forms. Divide the dough in half; cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

3. Grease baking sheets. On floured surface, roll half of dough to 1/8-inch thickness. With 2-inch heart-shaped cutter, cut out cookies. Place on baking sheet(s). Gather scraps together; reroll; cut out more cookies for total of 40 cookies. Refrigerate 20 minutes.

4. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

5. Bake in 350 degrees F oven 8 minutes; dont let brown. Let cookies stand on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove cookies to wire racks. Let cool.

6. Roll out remaining half of dough. With 2-inch heart-shape cutter, cut out 40 cookies, using scraps as in step 4. Using 1-inch heart-shaped cutter, cut out centers from 20 cookies. Place all of the cookies on prepared baking sheets.

7. Bake in 350 degrees F oven, bite-size cookies 6 minutes, larger cookies 8 minutes. Let stand on sheets 1 minute. Remove cookies to rack to cool.

Icing:

8. In bowl, beat sugar, whites and water until glazing consistency, 8 minutes. Divide into thirds in 3 bowls. Tint a third pink, a third violet and leave a third plain. Decorate 20 cutout cookies, 20 bite-size cookies, 40 unfilled cookies. Spread 1 teaspoon jam on each of 20 solid undecorated cookies; top with cutout cookie.

Note:

9. Powdered egg whites available from Wilton, 800-794-5866 or www.wilton.com.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 80; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 72, Fat, total (g): 3, chol. (mg): 14, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 12, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 1, sodium (mg): 17, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.