I absolutely love the look of these jam filled cut out cookies – you can go with any cutters that take your fancy but I think the stars are perfect for this time of year. A thick dusting of icing sugar makes them look so festive 🎄
Starry sandwich cookies
100g soft butter
100g caster sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g plain flour, plus extra for sprinkling
½ tsp baking powder
Raspberry or strawberry jam for the filling
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4
Cream the butter and sugar together until combined, then beat in the egg, vanilla extract, flour and baking powder and continue mixing until it all comes together to form a soft dough.
Shape the dough into a disc, wrap in clingfilm and let it rest in the fridge for 20-30 minutes (it won’t hurt at all to leave it for up to a day.)
When you’re ready to bake the cookies, sprinkle your work surface with flour, place the dough on it and sprinkle a little more flour on top. Roll out to a thickness of about 5mm.
Cut into shapes of your choice – I used a 7cm round cutter and a 3cm star for the cut outs. Don’t do what I did the first time I made these – I got carried away and cut stars out on all of my cookies, forgetting I needed half of them whole!! Oops! Place the shapes on a lined baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes or until quite firm and lightly golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then carefully remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
When the cookies have completely cooled, spread a little jam over each one of the whole cookies, then place the cookie with the star cut-out on top. Liberally dust with icing sugar.