Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Hands-on Time
1 Hour
Total Time
6 Hours 10 Mins
Makes about 2 dozen

Use your favorite jams to vary the flavor and color of these beauties.

How to Make It

Step 1

Pulse first 4 ingredients in a food processor until finely ground.

Step 2

Beat butter, sugar, and zest at medium speed with an electric mixer 1 minute. Add egg and egg yolk; beat 30 seconds. Scrape bowl; beat 30 seconds. Add flour mixture, beating until combined.

Step 3

Shape dough into 2 (1/2-inch-thick) rectangles. Wrap each rectangle in plastic wrap, and chill 4 hours to 3 days.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 350°. Generously flour both sides of dough; place on parchment paper. Roll each into a 14- x 10-inch rectangle. Cut each rectangle into 24 (2-inch) squares, rerolling scraps as needed. Chill on parchment paper 30 minutes.

Step 5

Place cookies 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Cut centers out of half of cookies with a lightly floured 1 1/4-inch square cutter. (If desired, place dough centers on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; chill 15 minutes, and bake as directed.)

Step 6

Bake at 350° for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool completely on parchment paper on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining cookies.

Step 7

Sprinkle powdered sugar over hollow cookies. Spread about 1/4 tsp. jam onto each solid cookie; top with hollow cookies.

Ratings & Reviews

portland's Review

December 24, 2014
taste is alright, but i think the cloves need to be adjusted-less. difficult dough to work with. watch carefully while baking, they brown quickly. pretty, but on the messy side.