Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cherry Blossoms

The birds are chirping, blossom buds are starting to pop up on the tree outside my window, it's Spring. And to celebrate the arrival, I made Cherry Blossom cookies. This is a variation on an old fashioned butter cookie recipe. Citrus and vanilla lend a sweet-scented fragrance and an unexpected taste. Sandwiched between is a gooey jam that melts in your mouth. Relax with a cup of tea and a few Cherry Blossoms while listening to the sounds of Spring.

Y~ squarebakery

Butter Cookie Recipe
1 C/2 sticks butter, softened
1 C sugar
1 egg
2 Tablespoons orange juice
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 ½ C All purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Cherry or strawberry jam

Combine butter, sugar and egg in a small bowl and beat until creamy. Add juices from orange and lemon and fold in dry ingredients. Mix well, refrigerate dough for 2 hours or overnight.

When you’re ready to make cookies, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough on a floured surface, cutting two of the same shapes. Cut out a small shape on one side to reveal jam. Bake for 8 minutes, pull from oven. Once cookies have cooled a bit but are still warm, spread the jam on the solid side and sandwich together with cut out side. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely and delicious looking cherry blossom cookies!