Store-bought piecrust makes the perfect base for these perfectly-sweet cookies. The filling, made from almond, seedless raspberry jam, and white chocolate, takes this giftable cookie from delicious to completely perfect.
1 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 (10-ounce) jar seedless raspberry preserves or strawberry jam
1/2 cup white chocolate morsels
1 tablespoon butter
Red sparkling sugar (optional)
How to Make It
Unfold piecrusts on a lightly floured surface, and roll to press out fold lines. Cut with a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Reroll remaining dough, and repeat procedure. (There should be a total of 46 pastry hearts.) Brush 1 side of each pastry heart with egg white, and sprinkle evenly with granulated sugar. Place pastry hearts on 2 ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 400° for 7 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove hearts to wire racks, and let cool.
Stir together cream cheese, powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, and almond extract until blended.
Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on unsugared sides of half the hearts; spread about 1/2 teaspoon preserves over mixture. Top with remaining hearts, unsugared sides down.
Microwave white chocolate morsels and 1 tablespoon butter in a glass bowl at HIGH 1 minute or until melted. Stir until smooth. Place mixture in a small heavy-duty zip-top bag; seal bag. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag, and drizzle over tarts. Let cool completely; sprinkle with red sparkling sugar, if desired. Place in candy boxes, if desired.
These are nice little treats-- great for a kids Valentine's Day party. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to make them look as cute as they do in the photo (I cook often, but my talents do not lie in cutesy baked goods-- a food stylist, I am not), but they are pretty clutz-proof so they looked nice.
The recipe is very easy to follow, but a bit time consuming to assemble. It would be a good project do with kids old enough to wield a butter knife.
Very easy and pretty! Also VERY GOOD! Will be a keeper to make again. Also made some with mini chocolate chips in the cream cheese filling, left off the strawberry jam, and drizzed both melted dark chocolate and white chocolate on top. Yummy and look like they came from a bakery!
I have made these for several years and they are always a hit! People think I have gone to a lot of trouble to make them, but they are so easy. They only thing I do differently is use my own pie dough. It is better than refrigerated.
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