Cherry Hearts

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Cherry Hearts
Bake these pretty hearts for your special valentine. Start with Traditional Rolled Sugar Cookie dough, and then add a delicious red maraschino cherry filling. The extra time it takes to make these cookies is worthwhile when you taste the wonderful flavor the cherry adds. Substitute the cherry filling with a seedless fruit jam if you prefer. Use a 2½ inch cookie cutter and a 1 inch cookie cutter for these hearts.
Recipe type: Cookie, Cherry
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Recipe Notes
Pan: Two Large Baking Sheets Pan Prep: Ungreased or Parchment Lined Oven Temp: 375° Yield: 3 Dozen Storage: Airtight Container, Room Temperature

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Ingredients
Dough:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for work surface
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Filling:
  • 12 red maraschino cherries, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup red maraschino cherry juice
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Instructions
Dough:
  1. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar; cream together until mixture appears light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the mixture blends evenly. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until thoroughly mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt; stir to mix.
  2. Form dough into a 6 inch flattened disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours.
Filling:
  1. In a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine cherries, cherry juice, orange juice, sugar, cornstarch, and butter; bring to a boil, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula so the mixture does not burn. Boil and stir for one minute. Remove from heat. Cool, and then refrigerate to chill.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Baking sheets may be ungreased, lined with parchment paper, or lined with a non-stick baking mat.
Assembly:
  1. On a lightly floured pastry mat or pastry board, and using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough to a ⅛ inch thickness. Cut dough into hearts or other desired shapes using a 2½ inch cookie cutter that has been dipped in flour (to help prevent dough from sticking to the cutter.)
  2. Place one half of the cutout dough shapes 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Spoon about ½ teaspoon of the chilled cherry filling in the center of each cookie.
  3. Using a 1 inch heart shaped cookie cutter that has been dipped in flour, cut out the center of the remaining 2½ inch cutouts. Place over the filled cookies and gently press the edges together. Fill the centers with additional filling if needed. Re-roll the scraps, or bake the 1 inch heart shapes separately.
  4. Bake: Bake 10 minutes or until cookies are set and the edges are very lightly browned. Remove cookies from baking sheets with a metal spatula and place on a wire cooling rack to cool.
Adapted from: The Taste of Home Best Loved Cookies & Bars Fall 2007

Cherry Hearts

Cherry Hearts

Cherry Hearts recipe