Valentine Sandwich Cookies

I’ve talked before about how much we bake in my house. It’s my Zen. When I’m stressed, baking always calms me. And let’s be honest. With a 3 year old and 8 month old that’s all the time. But, it’s also a great learning experience for Koa; numbers, measurements, language, shapes, fine motor. Hey, once a teacher always a teacher! But for me it’s also the time I spend with him. I get to share with him something that is important to me. His daddy gets football, baseball, and the outdoors. Baking is my thing! And he loves it. Granted, a 3 year old helping in the kitchen is more like “helping,” as in mess making. But it’s so fun, and we are making memories, however messy it may be.

Valentine Sandwic Cookies|Recipe For a Sweet Life

Valentine Sandwic Cookies|Recipe For a Sweet Life

I asked what Koa wanted to make his friends for Valentine’s Day and he said cookies. So we got to work on these. He loves using the big rolling pin to roll out the dough, and cutting with the cookie cutters. But his favorite part of course is eating the dough. Yep, my kids get raw cookie dough, that’s right!

Valentine Sandwic Cookies|Recipe For a Sweet Life

This is my go to recipe for cut out cookies. It’s easy and holds its shape perfectly. Best part? It doesn’t need to rest in the refrigerator! Maybe I am impatient, but when I want to bake I usually decide to on a whim. I don’t typically plan ahead. So, if I come across a recipe that requires 2 hours in the fridge before I can bake it, I’ll pass. This one is great in that it all comes together fast and easy, with an awesome cookie in the end.

Valentine Sandwic Cookies|Recipe For a Sweet Life

These are great iced, decorated, with jam, or even plain. They are a super versatile cookie. Sort of a cross between a sugar cookie and a shortbread. Not too plain, not too sweet. And super cute cut into holiday shapes like I did with these for Valentines Day. I used strawberry jam, but feel free to use whatever flavor you want. I am even thinking that a chocolate ganache in place of the jam would be amazing!

Valentine Sandwic Cookies|Recipe For a Sweet Life

Valentine Sandwich Cookies

about 16 sandwich cookies (or 12 sandwich cookies and lots of mini cookies)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, slight softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 jar Strawberry jam (or desired flavor)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla, mix well, scraping sides.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour and baking powder.
  • Add flour mix slowly 1 cup t a time, to the butter mixture. Mix well.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper (or silpat sheet, or cooking spray)
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut to whatever shape you choose.
  • Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes. Cookies should not get golden brown.
  • Let cool. Decorate as desired.
    For Sandwich cookies:
  • Roll out dough to about 1/4 in thick.
  • Using a large heart shaped cutter, cut 24 cookies. Place 12 cookies on baking sheet and set aside.
  • Using a smaller heart shaped cutter, cut out the middle of the other 12 cookies (your window cookie). Place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes. Allow cookies to cool before assembling.
  • To assemble your cookie sandwiches, spread about 2 tsp jam on whole heart cookie. This is the bottom of your sandwich. Place the window cookie on top, creating a sandwich. You should be able to see the jam in the heart.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Eat and Enjoy!

Notes

I made 12 sandwich cookies and used the rest of the dough to make lots of mini heart cookies. If you don't want the mini hearts, just continue cutting with the large cutter until you run out of dough. It should make about 16 sandwich cookies.

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Valentine Sandwic Cookies|Recipe For a Sweet Life

These are delicious. I ended up making 12 sandwich cookies, and using the extra dough to make a bunch of mini heart cookies that I decorated with some icing and sprinkles. These would be adorable in little bags for valentines at school, or a bunch of the minis in a jar as an easy, thoughtful gift!

We had company this week, and ended up eating all of the cookies. Oops! Darn, guess we have to make another batch this week for his friends!  I’ll be spending my Valentine’s Day with my 3 boys. More time, more mess, more memories. I’m happy to clean up a little sugar for that.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Have a great week!

6 comments

    • Keala says:

      Thanks Anna! That’s what great about this recipe, that it doesn’t have to be refrigerated first so you can make them pretty quickly. I’m too impatient to wait. Haha let me know if you make them!

    • Keala says:

      Thank you Marie! Pretty and they taste really good too! I love how versatile the recipe is too. I use it at Christmas as well for my cut outs. Hope you make them and enjoy!

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