- 8 oz (softened) Cream Cheese
- 2 sticks (room temperature) Butter unsalted
- 1 cup of sugar (198 g) Sugar white
- 2-1/2 cups (300 g) All purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Strawberry preserves
- 10-12 (cut in small pieces) Fresh strawberries
- 2 TBSP White Sparkling sugar
For me, fresh strawberries are the keywords for Valentine Day Cookies. If you look up strawberry desserts, you will find lots of cream cheese and strawberry combinations. So this was a natural pairing of flavors. I like to make my cookies from scratch, but not sure I am ready to make cream cheese. I am a Philia cream cheese kind of girl, but if you would like to learn how to make your own, I found this site for making homemade Cream Cheese.
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In a stand or hand-held mixer on medium speed, blend the butter and cream cheese till light in color and has small peaks. Add the sugar and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until you hear a whipping sound. Scrape down the sides and finish blending. Turn the mixer down and slowly add the flour till incorporated. Using plastic wrap loosely cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Line your cookie sheet pans with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350°. I used a small cookie scoop that gave me the perfect sized cookies. Scoop it into your hand and roll them into a ball. I put 12 on a pan and put my thumb into the middle of the ball. Don't go the whole way down; you want to make a well for the jam. Take a small spoon or a 1/4 teaspoon and fill the hole with the strawberry jam — Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes. If you see the edges getting brown, you may have gone too long. You want the bottoms a light brown color.
Move cookies to a cooling rack. Let the cookies cool on the rack for about 5 minutes. Take 1 or 2 pieces of the fresh strawberries and place them on top of the jam. Press them into the jam lightly; they will stick completely as the cookies cool. If you like, you can sprinkle more of the white sparkling sugar on top of the strawberries.