A small note first, my eldest granddaughter has a dairy allergy so I have never made these with butter I have used Soy Margarine. Everyone loves them!
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup finely ground almonds
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup butter softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam or strawberry
In a small bowl, combine flour , almonds and cinnamon; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Add flour mixture and mix only until incorporated.
Divide dough into 2 and press into small disks about 1 inch think. Wrap separately in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
Preheat oven to 350F. On floured surface, roll out one disc of dough to 1/8″ thick (keep other disk in the fridge) I have to say here that I did take some great pictures of each step and for some reason they did not get transferred to my computer and I deleted the pictures off the camera. Ugh!
Cut half of the dough using a round cutter. I happened to have one that made the ridge design. Cut an equal number of rounds using the same cutter and then using your small heart cutter cut out the centre. I also decided to save some of the heart cut outs rather than rolling it back into the dough.
Transfer the cookies to parchment paper lined baking sheets. Dough scraps can be formed back into a disk and chilled again for 30 min.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown. This all depends on your oven and baking sheets. I had to bake mine a little longer and the first set I did on an air bake sheet that took longer, the second on a dark cookie sheet, both still on the parchment paper but these ones cooked much faster, getting a little darker than I would have liked.
Cool the cookies completely and then spread the bottoms with the jam. I spooned my jam into a bowl and mixed it well with a spoon to warm it up a little and make it a little more spreadable.
Dust the tops with the confectioners sugar (icing sugar) and then sandwich them together.
Then have a tea party!