JAM HEART COOKIES
Baking with your kids during summer vacation is the perfect opportunity to teach them how to measure, count and keep track of numbers. You can show them how to knead the dough, wait patiently and also be super-creative. Each child can make cookies to the best of his or her abilities. The main goal is to have fun and gain experience.
Makes 25-30 cookies.
200 gr. butter, at room temperature, cubed
½ cup (100 gr.) sugar
2¼ cups (300 gr.) flour, sifted
1 cup jam, any flavor
½ cup powdered sugar
Using a mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, add the butter cubes, sugar and flour. Mix until crumbly.
Add the egg and mix until dough falls away from side of bowl.
Sprinkle some flour on your work surface and roll out dough until it’s ½ cm. thick. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out an even number of hearts (or whatever shape cookie cutter you want).
Place cookies on a tray lined with baking paper. In the middle of half of the cookies, cut out a small heart shape. Leave the other half of the cookies whole.
Bake for 22 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 180°. Let cookies cool.
Place a dab of jam in the middle of each whole cookie. Place all the cookies with a hole in them on a tray and sprinkle them generously with powdered sugar. Place the powdered cookies with the holes on top of the whole cookies with the jam and gently press down so that the jam peeks out the window.
Alternatively, if these steps are too difficult for your children, they can cut the dough into squares and place a bit of jam in the center. Next, they should lift up one corner and press it down on top of the opposite corner to close the jam inside an envelope. The jam will peek out a little from both sides after it’s been baked.