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Jeweled Heart Cookies Recipe

2 1/4 C. all-purpose flour
3/4 C. sugar
1 t. baking powder
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. salt
3/4 C. butter - softened
1 C. seedless raspberry preserves
1/3 C. confectioners' sugar
Colored sugar for decoration or sugar sprinkles, optional

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract and salt. With pastry blender or two knives used scissor-fashion, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water, 1 tablespoon at time, into flour mixture, mixing lightly with a fork after each addition until dough is just moist enough to hold together. Shape dough into a ball; wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.

Preheat oven to 350 F. On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll one-third of dough at a time 1/8 inch thick, keeping remaining dough refrigerated. With floured 3- or 4-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut dough into as many hearts as possible. Place hearts, 1/2 inch apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet. Reserve trimmings. With floured 1 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out centers from half of hearts. Remove cutout centers, and bake along with larger cookies, checking after 7 minutes for doneness.

Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned. With pancake turner, remove cookies to wire racks to cool. Roll remaining dough and trimmings together to make more cookies; bake.

When cookies are cool, sprinkle cookies with cutout centers with confectioners' sugar. Spread each cookie without cutout center with 1 rounded teaspoon raspberry preserves; top each with a cookie with a cutout center, gently pressing cookies together to form a sandwich.

You can also make open-face jam-covered cookies, using single heart-shaped cookies; spread jam over cookie, and decorate with colored sugar, sugar sprinkles or small cutout hearts.

Store cookies in tightly covered container.

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen.


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