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Walnut Cookie Hearts Filled with Fig Jam

  • Yield: 40-50 pieces
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins

Ingredients

For the cookie dough
2cups all-purpose flour
1cup California walnuts, toasted
2/3cup sugar
1/3cup cocoa powder
1/4teaspoon salt
1pinch ground nutmeg
3/4cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled butter, cut in 15 - 20 pieces
2-- egg yolks
2teaspoons water
1teaspoon vanilla extract
For assembling and decorating the cookies
1/2-2/3cup fig jam or apricot jam
4ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
1/2cup finely chopped California walnuts

Instructions

  1. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine the flour, walnuts, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and nutmeg.  Process until the nuts are finely ground.   Add the butter and pulse until blended into the dry ingredients and the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  In a small cup, whisk together the egg yolks, water and vanilla.  Add to the flour mixture and process until the dough holds together in a stiff mass.  Transfer the dough into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for 30 – 60 minutes, until firm but not hard.  

  2. Preheat the oven to 350F, and cover cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Divide the chilled dough in half (keep the piece you are not working on refrigerated).  On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to a thickness slightly less than 1/4-inch.  If the top of the dough is sticky, sprinkle it lightly  with additional flour.   Using a heart-shaped (or round) cutter 1 1/2 – 2 inches in diameter, cut cookies from the rolled-our dough.  Gather the scraps together, reroll them, and cut additional cookies.  As cookies are cut, place them, about 1/2-inch apart,  on the prepared cookie sheets.  Bake 8-10 minutes, until the cookies look dry.  Cool about 2 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely before filling.  Continue rolling, cutting and baking until all the dough is used. 

  3. To assemble and decorate the cookies, place half of them in a single layer on a large baking sheet.  Spread each one with about 1/2 teaspoon of jam, then top with a second cookie.  When all the cookies have been filled, top each with about 1/2 teaspoon melted chocolate, spreading the chocolate with the back of a spoon.  Sprinkle the chocolate lightly with walnuts.  Let the cookies stand 2 – 3 hours, or until the chocolate if firm, then store them in an airtight container. 

  4. An alternative to rolling out the dough:   For an easy, though not heart-shaped variation, the dough can be chilled, sliced and baked like refrigerator cookies.  Place the prepared dough  on a lightly floured surface and divide it in half.  With your hands, roll and pat each piece into a log about 9 inches long and 1 1/2 inches across.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for several hours, until firm.  (The dough will keep refrigerated for several days.)  Cut the logs into slices slightly less than 1/4-inch thick, then bake, fill and decorate as directed. 

Recipe Provided Courtesy of the Walnut Marketing Board Germany

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 120
  • Glycemic Load 2
  • Fat 8g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g
  • Cholesterol 20mg
  • Sodium 50mg
  • Potassium 55mg
  • Carbohydrate 14g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 7g
  • Protein 2g
  • Trans Fat 0G
  • Vitamin A 2%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 4%
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