Last year, we had several babies born in our department...well, we have started again! Virginia will be having sweet Marian this month (and there are three babies due in June...all girls!). We had Virginia's shower last month and I pulled out my Southern Living cookie book to pick something shower worthy. I knew there was a fun sandwich cookie in there and got some strawberry jam to make it. I decided to make the dough for this, the night before I made the cookies.
Strawberry Sandwich Cookies
6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup strawberry jam
Beat butter in mixer until creamy. Add brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and blend. Combine flour and salt, add to butter mixture and beat well. Wrap in wax paper and chill for 1 hour.
When ready to make cookies, preheat oven to 350. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick and cut with the desired shape cutter. In half of the cookies, using a smaller cookie cutter, cut a section of dough out of the center. Place prepared cookies on a cookie sheet. Place sheet to oven and bake for 5-6 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 3 minutes, then remove to cooling rack.
When cooled, spread the solid cookies with strawberry jam. Dust cutout cookies with powdered sugar and place on top of jam. Enjoy!