Show your love by baking a sweet treat for your valentine. For a twist on the traditional cut-out cookie, try John McGivern’s Jelly Sandwich Cookies, which were featured in the 2016 book.
Jelly Sandwich Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1/2 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
1/4 cup coarse sugar
1/4 cup red currant jelly
In mixing bowl, cream butter and granulated sugar. Add egg; mix well. In separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Divide dough in half; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Roll the other portion of dough to 1/8-inch thickness; cut with 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. Using a 1-inch cookie cutter, cut a hole in middle; place on ungreased cookie sheets. Brush egg whites over cookies with holes; sprinkle with almonds and coarse sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes. Cool on wire cooling racks. Place about 1/2 teaspoon jelly in center of cookies without holes, then top with cookies with holes. Makes about 3 dozen.
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