a quickie

Just in case you do want to bake something for Valentine’s Day and aren’t sure what. These are cute as heck and taste like peanut butter and jam sandwiches.

Peanut Butter and Jam Thumbprints
recipe from Martha Stewart Living, February 2011 issue

You Need:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
raspberry or strawberry jam, stirred up (I used strawberry)

Stir the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. Set aside. In your stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy. Mix in the egg and peanut butter. Stir in the flour mixture. Heat the oven to 350. If the cookie dough is too sticky for form into balls, refrigerate it for a few minutes. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Press into 1 to 2 inch rounds. Space them on parchment lined sheets, 1 to 2 inches apart. Press a heart shape indentation into the middle of the cookies. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and re-indent the heart shape into the cookies. Fill the indentations with jam, forming a heart. Bake until the cookies are totally firmed up, 6 minutes or so more.


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