This is my mandatory Valentine's Day cookie. I HAVE to make these each February. I never make them any other time, but if Valentine's Day comes and I haven't made them yet I go into a kind of panic. And I make them late. They just have to be eaten in February or I feel the world is askew. They are so delicious to me and remind me of growing up I guess, that it is kind of weird I don't make them any other time. They must be tied to tradition too. They are worth your special effort and everyone who receives your edible Valentine will be happy.
- 2 1/2 Cups Flour
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature
- 1 Cup Butter, room temperature
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 3 Tbsp. Cornstarch
- 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
- 1/4 Cup Maraschino Cherry Juice
- 24 Maraschino Cherries, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. Butter
- Whip softened cream cheese and butter until well blended and creamy.
- Add in flour a cup or so at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- Form into disc and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
- Blend sugar and cornstarch in small saucepan. Whisk in juices until smooth.
- Bring to a rolling boil and cook for 1 minute after it comes up to hard boil, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and stir in cherries and butter. Stir until butter is incorporated. Chill thoroughly.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll out dough, about a third at a time to 1/16" on a floured board. Cut out hearts using 3 3/4" heart cutter. Use tiny aspic/jelly heart cutter to for cut-out in half the hearts.
- Place the bottom pieces onto a cookie sheet lined with silicone mat or parchment paper about an inch apart.
- Place a rounded teaspoonful of filling on each. Place top cookie onto each one. Seal edges with tines of a fork around edge of each cookie.
- Bake 8-10 minutes until delicately browned.
The original recipe came from my old Betty Crocker's Cooky Book from 1963. It was probably the first fancy cookie I ever made myself. The dough uses shortening and so I revised the recipe to this new butter and cream cheese version. Plus the original made twice as much filling as you could use, so I revised the quantities on that to not have leftover filling.