Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Peanut Butter & Jam Heart Cookies

If there is one thing in this world that is a guaranteed smash in my mouth, it's peanut-butter related. And with a little jam added, all is swell. Hmm.. drool.

And these cookies fit all the perfect criteria for Valentines day: love-related, heart-festive, delicious, darling, and an easy, but unique way to show someone you "heart" them. Yup.
That's it.

Peanut Butter and Jam Heart Cookies

{Martha Stewart, Feb 2011}

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 large egg

1/3 cup raspberry jam, stirred to loosen

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Beat butter and sugars with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in peanut butter, then egg. Reduce speed to low, and beat in flour mixture until dough forms. If dough is sticky, refrigerate for 5 to 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls (about 2 tablespoons each). Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart. Press into 1 3/4-inch rounds. Press hearts into centers using your fingertips. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven, and reshape hearts using your fingertips or the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill indentation of each with a generous 1/2 teaspoon jam to form a heart. Bake until cookies are firm, 6 to 7 minutes more.

1 comment:

Kathy/mom said...

We thought these were great-as everything you cook is. It's a nice change from the traditional heart cookie.