Classic Empire Cookies
Served with a cup of tea, these tender sugar-cookie sandwiches – crowned with pieces of candied cherries – are a truly Victorian treat.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup raspberry jam
- 1 cup sifted icing sugar
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1 tbsp hot water, approximately
- 25 pieces candied cherries
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla.
In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt ; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions.
Between sheets of waxed paper, roll out dough to 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness. With 2 1/2-inch (6 cm) round serrated cookie cutter, cut out circles; place 2 inches (5 cm) apart on parchment paper–lined or greased rimless baking sheets.
Bake in top and bottom thirds of 350°F (180°C) oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until edges are light golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on pans on racks. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and store for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 weeks.)
Spread jam on half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies.
Topping: In small bowl, stir icing sugar with almond extract; drizzle in enough of the water to make spreadable icing. Spread on top of each cookie sandwich; top with cherry piece. Let stand until set, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and store for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 weeks.)
Additional information : Variations
Apricot Empire Cookies: Replace the raspberry jam with apricot jam and the cherry pieces with dried-apricot pieces.
Chocolate Hazelnut Empire Cookies: Replace the jam and icing with chocolate hazelnut spread and the cherry pieces with hazelnut halves.
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Makes 25 cookies
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