Classic Empire Cookies

Author: Canadian Living

Served with a cup of tea, these tender sugar-cookie sandwiches – crowned with pieces of candied cherries – are a truly Victorian treat.

  • Portion size 25 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: May 2002

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup raspberry jam
Topping:
  • 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon hot water approx
  • 25 pieces candied cherries

Method

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.)

Nutritional facts Per cookie: about

  • Sodium 75 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 117.0
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 17 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 20 g

%RDI

  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 6.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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