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Ingredients: Metric Units
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
red food coloring to taste
decorative sugars or 1/4 c. cherry jelly
Show your valentine you're sweet on them with a batch of these fancy double-layered cookies.

Yield: about 4 doz. cookies

You will need a medium sized heart cookie cutter and a little bitty heart cookie cutter. Or a large circle and small heart. You'll also need a pastry brush.

Cream together sugar and butter until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla.

In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add gradually to batter.

Add red food coloring to batter for a sweet pink cookie.

Form dough into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate about 3 hours.

Remove from refrigerator and allow to stand a little while. Flour a surface - a pastry cloth, your counter, a large cutting board. Roll the dough out quite thinly.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cut out the larger shape - large hearts, for the sake of argument - and place them on the baking sheet. Now cut another large heart and use the small cookie cutter to cut out the middle of the heart. Brush the first heart's edges lightly with water. Decorate the bottom heart with decorative sugar (for a tough crowd like a preschool classroom) or with 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. cherry jelly. Place the "cut-out" heart on top and press gently to seal.

Bake at 350F for about 10 min., until tops are no longer moist. Remove gently and allow to cool completely on racks.
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Contributed on: and modified on Monday February 18th, 2008