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Puffy Hearts Cookie Recipe

2 C. all-purpose flour
1/4 t. salt
1 C. cold butter
8 oz. cold cream cheese
1 large egg, beaten
1 T. water
Coarse sugar (optional)

Cherry, raspberry or apricot preserves
Almond paste

Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter and cream cheese until well combined (a food processor works well for this). Divide dough in half. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to one-eighth inch thickness. Cut out heart shapes with a two-inch cookie cutter. Place half the cutouts on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place a scant quarter teaspoon of preserves and a quarter teaspoon of the almond paste in the center of each heart.

Combine egg and water. Brush edges of heart with egg mixture. Top each heart with a second heart, pressing edges with the tines of a fork. Brush finished hearts with an egg mixture. If desired, sprinkle tops with coarse sugar. Bake at 375F for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Source: Linda at Recipe Goldmine


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