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Crafty Fridays: coconut and jam hearts {valentine's day baking}

by - Sunday, February 12, 2012

Yes, I am aware that it is Sunday, but after baking these cookies the other day I wasn't feeling too flash, which is why I am posting them today instead. I would have loved to have them up on Friday for you but better late then never, right? Right!

They turned out so fab! They taste amazing and are so easy to make. How gorgeous would they be as a Valentine's gift?

*** Note: For this recipe I used strawberry jam and a heart shaped cookie cutter instead of a circle one.

125g butter, chopped
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
icing sugar, for dusting
1/2 cup raspberry or strawberry jam

Place the butter and sugar in an electric mixer and beat until pale and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.

Divide dough into 2 equal portions and roll both portions out between 2 sheets of non-stick baking paper to 3mm-thick. Using a 7cm round cookie cutter, cut 12 rounds from the dough and place on baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Using a 4cm heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut hearts from the centre of the half rounds and discard.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool. Dust the cut-out rounds with icing sugar. Spread the plain rounds with jam and sandwich with the cut-out rounds.


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