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Jam Filled Cookies

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Jam cookies with ground almonds, butter, and almond extract, filled with strawberry preserves or other jam.

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces blanched almonds, ground
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons strawberry preserves

Preparation:

In a large mixing bowl combine ground almonds, flour, butter, almond extract, salt, egg, and 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar. Scraping bowl occasionally beat ingredients at low speed of electric hand-held mixer until well blended. Shape dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at 2 to 3 hours.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough into a 12x9-inch rectangle (keep remaining half of dough refrigerated). Cut dough lengthwise into 3 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into 6 equal rectangles. You should have 18 rectangles. With a 1/2 to 3/4-inch round cutter, cut out a circle in center of half of the rectangles. With a spatula, transfer cookies to greased baking sheets, leaving about 1/2-inch between cookies. Bake at 375&edeg; for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining cookie dough and the trimmings.

In a small bowl, blend lemon juice with 1/2 cup powdered sugar, stirring until smooth. Spread a thin layer of this icing on cookies without the round cut-out centers. Top each iced cookie with a cookie rectangle with cut-out center. Fill center cut-out with about 1/2 teaspoon of strawberry preserves. Store cookies in a tightly covered container for up to 3 days.
Makes about 18 to 21 cookies.

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