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Valentine Thumbprint Jam Cookies

Here is a tasty treat that is fun to make for someone special – including yourself!

Ingredients:
1 cup butter softened
2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon almond extract
½ cup raspberry or strawberry jam

Tools:
Hand mixer
Parchment paper
Cookie sheet
Measuring cups and spoons

Instructions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees

Part 1

  • In a bowl combine butter, granulated sugar, and almond extract. Next, using a mixer at medium speed, beat to creamy consistency.
  • Add flour, then beat at a low speed. Be sure to scrape the bowl. Continue until all ingredients are well mixed together.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.

Part 2

  • Place parchment paper onto a cookie sheet.
  • Using the dough, make 1-inch balls. Place them approximately 2 inches apart from each other on a cookie sheet.
  • Gently press down on the centre of each ball of dough twice with your index finger at opposite diagonal angles, to create the indented shape of a heart.
  • Fill each indentation with your choice of either ¼ teaspoon raspberry or strawberry jam. Be careful not to fill it too much.
  • Place in oven and bake for 14-16 minutes. Edge of cookies should only be lightly browned. If they are in the oven beyond this point, they will become rock hard when cooled.
  • Remove from oven and let cookies cool.

Yovella is a former resident of McCauley who still works and volunteers in the area.

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