You are invited to a Valentine tea!
When I was planning to make these cookies I got all excited thinking
about the end product. Nutella and raspberry jam sandwiched inside
a flaky crust .. wow! You imagine what they will look like and at the
moment they come out of the oven, you relax and smile.
I had not tried this before so I did not know if the filling
would stay neatly tucked inside.
It did and the cookies are everything I dreamed
they would be.
The dough is simple to make and easy to work with.
Notice that I rolled it out quite thin because I didn't
want a bulky cookie.
Here are the steps .. leave half the cookies whole, cut a small
heart out of the other half. Spread filling on whole cookie, spread egg wash
on cut-out cookie and place egg-side down on top of filling.
Seal around very outer edge with fork. A child's fork is ideal.
Spread Nutella filling on first making sure to stay inside the edge.
Top with raspberry jam. This step does not need to be perfect.
Perfection happens when the tops are in place and the edges sealed.
After cookies are cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle
with a thin powdered sugar icing.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp. salt
6 tablespoons butter
In a mixing bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in butter until mixture
resembles coarse crumbs. ( I use a food processor)
3/4 tsp. dry yeast
1½ tablespoons warm water
½ tsp. sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon sour cream
½ tsp. vanilla
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and sugar.
Whisk together egg yolk, sour cream and vanilla.
Add yeast and egg mixture to dry ingredients, blending together
to form a dough. If necessary, add ice water, one teaspoon at a time
to form dough that can be rolled.
raspberry jam, seedless
1 egg yolk whisked together with 1 tsp. water
On a work surface coated with powdered sugar. roll out dough to
about 1/8 -inch thickness.
Cut dough with heart-shaped cookie cutter.
Cut smaller heart-shape out of half of the cookies.
Spread whole cookies with heaping tsp. Nutella leaving the outer edge plain.
Top Nutella with scant tsp. raspberry jam.
Brush cut-out cookie with egg wash, place over filling,egg-wash-side down.
Seal edges with the tines of a small fork.
Brush cookie with egg wash.
Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Transfer to cooling rack.
To serve sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with thin icing.
(Thin icing: 1 cup powdered sugar mixed with 1 tbsp. milk)
Yield: 15 Valentine cookies