Festive Cookies

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    Makes approx 15 cookies

    Preparation time: 30 minutes
    Chilling time: 1 hour
    Cook time: 12 minutes

    TIP: cookies will keep in an airtight container for several days, you can make the cookies in advance, but fill them just before serving as they will soften quickly once filled.

    Recipe & Photo by Sally Boyle @simmerandboyle

    INGREDIENTS

    • 225g butter
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 large egg yolks
    • 100g ground almonds
    • 300g plain flour
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • Anathoth Farm Strawberry Jam
    • icing sugar for dusting

    METHOD

    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or using a hand-held mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add vanilla and egg yolks, and mix to combine.
    2. Add ground almonds, and with the mixer on slow, beat to combine.
    3. Sift flour and salt together, then add to the dough, mix slowly until just combined
    4. Divide dough in half, roll each half between two sheets of baking paper to 5mm thick, leaving the dough between the sheets of baking paper, transfer to baking trays and rest in the fridge for at least an hour.
    5. Preheat oven to 175ºC fan, 195ºC conventional.
    6. Use a 6cm cookie cutter to cut rounds from sheets of dough, transfer to lined baking trays, leaving 2cm clearance around each cookie.
    7. Collect off cuts together and re-roll, popping it back into the fridge for 10 minutes or so if it becomes too soft to handle.
    8. Use a smaller, approximately 2.5cm cutter to cut a circle from the centre of half the cookies, save these little rounds, bake them separately to make mini sandwiches cookies.
    9. Bake cookies for 12 minutes, until lightly golden around the edges, then transfer to racks to cool.
    10. When the cookies are completely cool, turn the solid round cookies upside down and top with a teaspoon of Anathoth Farm jam; dust the cookie rings with icing sugar then gently press onto the bases.
    11. Using a couple of teaspoons, very carefully top the centres of the cookies with a little extra jam.
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