Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I wanted to share this recipe for Algerian Sables because I think they would make such perfect Valentine cookies!
Some of you may be wondering why I'm back to blogging here at Blackberry Rambles. I had hoped to take up blogging on my website, but, unfortunately, Wix does not yet have a sophisticated enough blogging platform to allow comments other than from "website members." So, I'll just continue on here for the present time.
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And now for the recipe:
adapted from a recipe by Um Safia
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup strawberry jam
confectioner's sugar to sprinkle
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl combine flower and baking powder. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture slowly until a soft dough forms. Dough will be soft but not sticky.
Roll dough on a floured surface to a little less than 1/4-inch thick. Cut into rounds. Cut holes out of half of the rounds.
Place cookies on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake for about 8 minutes until set but still white.
When cookies are fully cooled, heat jam until bubbling and remove from heat. Sprinkle cookie tops with confectioner's sugar. Spoon jam onto the cookie bottoms and place a cookie top over the jam. Allow to set before storing.
Makes 2-3 dozen.