This is quite a special recipe, from a very special book that was given to me by a very special person. i only got to work with her for a short period of time, but I am grateful we met.
Recipe from the book "500 Cookies" by Philippa Vanstone, given to me as a "Bye" gift by Sylvie Gilalfau. Thanks, Sylvie!
For the cookies: 1 cup butter 1/2 icing sugar 1/2 tsb vanulla extract (I used vanilla sugar) 1 1/2 cup flour (make it 1 and 1/4 - will be a little easier to pipe cookies) 3 tbsp cornstarch
For the filling:
4 tbsp butter 1 cup icing sugar (this is a bit much, half should make it) 2 tsp vanilla extract (again vanilla sugar in my case) 3 tbsp fruit jam (I had strawberry)
Preheat oven to 175 C. Beat the butter, icing sugar and vanilla until light an fluffy. Sift flour and cornstarch and stir. Using 1 cm fluted nozzle and a piping bag, pipe the mixture into 2 1/2 cm rosettes on a non-stick baking sheet. Just like this
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Allow cookies to firm up slightly before transferring them to a wire rack to cool. (They are way to small for the wire rack - granite counter top works just fine)
Beat the butter and icing sugar with vanilla. Spread jam onto bottom of half cookies and then spread or pipe the filling onto the other halves. Sandwich together
In a hot weather as we are having - store in a fridge! Enjoy! My husband just had a couple with his beer, but I am not positive this is a good idea.....