It’s nearly Valentine’s Day!
Growing up, this was always my cousin’s favorite holiday. My mother was a twin, and her identical twin sister married into the Valentine Family – thereby claiming the ‘Day of Love’ as their official family holiday!
Now, each year when I prep my homemade valentines to shower my little (and not so little) ones with extra loves, a teeny piece of my heart is reserved for my Valentine cousins on their special day. This year, I’ll be making heart shaped, jam-filled cookies. Whether you call them thumbprints, linzers, or something else I’ve never even heard of, just call them DELICIOUS! (am I right?!)
Here’s the recipe below. Tell me what you think – did you try these too? And have a very happy and love filled Valentine’s Day, friends ❤
Heart Shaped Thumbprint Cookies
Ingredients: ✔️ 2 cups all-purpose flour ✔️ ½ tsp. Baking powder ✔️ 2 tbs. Almond milk ✔️ ½ tsp. Salt ✔️ ¾ cup margarine, softened ✔️ ½ cup sugar, or sweetener of your choice ✔️ 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract ✔️ ⅓ cup assorted jams for the filling ✔️ Optional: Powdered sugar Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F/177 C and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour and salt together. Set aside. 3. Add softened margarine, sugar, vanilla extract, and almond milk to another bowl and mix. 4. Slowly add in the flour/salt mix and combine until a dough is formed. Be careful not to over-mix. 5. Scoop out a half tablespoons worth of dough and roll into a smooth ball. Place all dough balls about 1 ½ inch apart. 6. Make the indent by using your finger (the “thumbprint” mark). Fill each indent with jam, but be careful not to overfill. 7. Bake for about 13-15 minutes or until barely lightly golden. 8. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Optional: Dust with powdered sugar. (Recipe adapted from veganhuggs.com)