Baked Goods! Yum!
Okay, so lets start with our baked goods! Last night we tried two new recipes. One was from an old book from the 80's. I honestly can't even remember the name to give it any credit. It was a holiday and cookies cookbook, almost like a joy of cooking type. I had frantically searched through it, before my mom moved out of state, to steal a bunch of recipes that I had loved growing up. This one was a little more than I could handle back when I was a kid, but now that I am older I thought I would give it a try. The recipe..Buttery Jam Tarts. They are yummy kids! I wasn't sure how they were going to turn out, but the end result was delish. They are basically like a shortbread cookie with filling. I almost didn't finish them because I kept eating the batter! I could hear my mom in my head screaming "There's raw egg in there!" Yet I did not care. Once I added the almond extract to it, mmm. It smelled like I had just poured a shot of Ameretto. It smelled so good! So I ate away, wasting dough. Anyway the first batch, was great, although they do not look like a million bucks. I will def. "fork" them out of the cookie sheet next time, so that they look a little more clean.
But here is the recipe for all...
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup cherry preserves
Sugar for sprinkling
Oven @ 350
Mix all ingredients (except for cherries) in a large mixer, scraping often, until well mixed, for about 3-4 minutes.
Roll half the dough, on well floured surface, to about a 1/8 inch thickness.
Cut out with 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Mark a small x in the other half of dough.
Place level teaspoons of cherry filling on cookie, and top with other half. Sprinkle with sugar.
Bake 11-13 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.