These soft and buttery heart-shaped strawberry jam cookies spiced with a touch of cinnamon are perfect to give to your Valentine, Galentine, co-worker, or neighbor. These cookies are the perfect cookie to make a few days before because they taste even better the next day. The dough can be made up to a week in advance and the cookies store beautifully so they can be served at the perfect time.
I also included free easy-to-print valentines day cards below.
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Kitchen supplies you may need
Rolling pin– I prefer a French Rolling Pin with tapered sides. It’s easier to control and since there are no handles on it it’s extremely easy to clean. It also looks great if you have to display it in your kitchen.
Cooling Rack– A cooling rack is a must-have in the kitchen. You can easily get by without one but with one your cookies will cool fast. You can easily dust your cookies with powdered sugar or drizzle them with icing and they won’t be sitting in a pool of icing.
Cookie Cutters– I love these adorable double-sided nesting heart-shaped cookie cutters. I think the ruffled side adds the right amount of whimsy.
Powdered Sugar Sifter– There are a lot of different ways to dust powered sugar including with a strainer but this hand crank sifter is a must-have in the kitchen. I like the size because you can easily sift your flour which is a must for light and airy baked goods.
Strawberry Jam Cookie Recipe
- Unsalted Butter– Softened at room temperature. If you don’t have unsalted butter just omit the salt in the recipe.
- Light brown sugar
- Vanilla extract– Make sure this is real vanilla extract and not an imitation. You could also substitute for almond extract.
- 2 large eggs
- Cinnamon– I use 1 tsp and it gives a very subtle spice. If you want it more pronounced you can add more cinnamon or play around with other spices like nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
- All Purpose Flour
- Powdered Sugar-for dusting the tops of the cookies
- Strawberry Jam– You can use whatever jam or preserves you would like. Besides strawberry jam, I also love raspberry jam and apricot jam.
Making the dough
Cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar together. Add the eggs, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon and mix until fully combined. Slowly add in the flour until fully incorporated. The dough will still be very sticky but will come together once it is chilled.
Divide the dough into 2-3 sections and wrap them in plastic wrap. Try to form them into discs so it is easier to roll out. Place the dough in the refrigerator for a minimum of 3-4 hours but preferably overnight. The dough needs to be cold and firm to be rolled out.
Cutting them out
When the dough is adequately chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and take out one disc at a time. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness. Less than that the cookies may burn and more than that they don’t make good sandwiches. If the dough becomes too soft put it back in the fridge for a while to get firm again.
I used heart-shaped cookie cutters for this recipe for Valentine’s Day, but you can use any shape you would like. Just make sure the center smaller cookie cutter is small enough that it doesn’t leave the edges too thin or they could easily break or burn.
Bake 10-12 minutes until just lightly golden brown on the edges. Watch them closely because they can burn really fast.
How To Assemble Strawberry Jam Sandwich Cookies
To assemble the cookies, place the top cookies with the hole on a cooling rack and lightly dust the tops with powdered sugar. You can use a sifter or a strainer to lightly dust them.
For the other half of the cookies flip them over so they are bottom-up and spread 1/2 tsp of strawberry jam depending on the size of your cookie. You want just enough to cover the cookie but not too much that the jam spills out. Lastly, sandwich the cookies together.
You can eat them immediately but they are best when the jam has dried out a little. You can tell when the jam has become tacky in the center. This also softens the cookies because they are crunchy cookies when just baked.
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Free Valentine’s Day Cards to include with your Strawberry Jam Cookies
Since I was making these cookies for friends and family for Valentine’s Day I thought I would create some cute cards to go with them. I included some whimsical ones that are great for children, along with a Galentines, some blank ones and a simple non-love one for your neighbors or coworkers.
How to Print
I created each card to be 5.5 x 4.3 inches which is the size of a postcard. If you would like to make them smaller to make a tag for a bag of cookies as I did you will need to change some of your printing options.
First, select landscape orientation. Then select the number of pages per sheet you would like depending on how big you like them. I did 6 pages per sheet in my pictures. Also, make sure your double-sided printing is off.