So I've been craving apricot cookies for about 4 months, but didn't really have any reason to make these. I have limited cookie cutters and the only pair that makes these cookies well is the circle and heart combo. Which makes them perfect for Valentine's Day. I did make some strawberry because I had some strawberry jam lying around and not everyone likes apricot.
I got the recipe from my mom :). Thanks Mom!
3 c flour
1 1/4 t baking powder
3/4 t salt
3/4 c butter, room temp
1 1/2 c sugar
1 t vanilla
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; set aside. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until well blended. Cover and chill at least one hour.
Line cookie sheet with foil; set aside.
Roll dough to 1/8-in thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut out with 2 1/2-in diameter cookie cutter. Cut centers out of half the cookies with 1-in diameter cookie cutter. Transfer cookies to foil lined sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees until just beginning to brown on edges, 6 to 8 min. Remove from cookie sheets and cool completely.
Spread 1 t apricot preserves over each whole cookie. Top with remaining "cut out" cookies sandwich style. Makes 2-1/2 to 3 dozen cookies. Centers can be baked as a separate treat; watch carefully, they bake quickly.
I topped the heart shaped middles with a little strawberry frosting: