Tuesday, May 8, 2012

jam cookies.

Jam Cookies from Lauren:
Celebrity: Meryl Streep

1 1/2 cup butter (3 sticks), softened
3/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup almonds, finely ground
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
Jam or preserves for filling (optional)

In a large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, cream butter, honey, and vanilla. Add almonds and flours, and mix until well blended. Divide dough into 4 pieces; wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. On lightly floured waxed paper, roll 1 piece of dough 1/8 inch thick. With 3-inch heart shaped cookie cutter, cut dough into hearts; transfer to cookie sheet. Wrap and refrigerate trimmings. If filling cookies with jam, make a shallow thumbprint in center of each cookie, then spoon a dab of jam into each thumbprint.

Bake cookies 12 to 14 minutes or until browned at edges. Let cookies remain on cookie sheet 2 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough and trimmings. Makes 5 dozen cookies.

*I added two teaspoons of water with the wet ingredients and an extra 1/4 cup flour for a high altitude adjustment

**I also added 1/4 tsp almond extract with the wet ingredients

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