Do you feel like sandwich cookies with jam filling today?
Then let’s prepare some CAT’S EYES.
They are very delicious, easy and fun to make.
1 3/4 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup (150 grams) unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup (80 grams) confectioner’s sugar
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons lemon zest
jam (any flavor you like; stronger is better)
1. Preheat your oven to 350 F (176 C).
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Mix the flour with sugar and salt (set aside some sugar for sprinkling).
4. Add the egg yolks, butter, vanilla extract and lemon zest to the mixture.
5. Mix by hand until you form a ball.
6. On a floured surface roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch (1 cm) thickness.
Using a round cookie cutter cut out the dough.
7. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet.
Use a smaller cookie cutter to cut out the centers of HALF of the cookies on the baking sheet. (You will be sandwiching two cookies together and there will be a small “window/eye” in the top cookie so you can see the jam underneath.
Re-roll any scraps and cut out the cookies.
8. Bake for 9 minutes or until very lightly browned.
9. While the cookies are cooling place the jam in a small saucepan and heat gently until it becomes smooth.
10. Spoon about 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of jam on the full cookie.
11. Roll the top side of the upper cookie in the confectioner’s sugar.
Things like these don’t happen very often I suppose.
You are surely familiar with the situations when you really want something, you spend hours thinking about it, imagining what life would be if you had it but for some reason you are not so sure whether you should spend that money … . You just can’t decide.
So you rather end up running those sweet dreams in your head over and over again.
I wanted Photoshop.
For quite a long time.
But it is expensive.
And I should be frugal.
But I wanted it… .
I wanted it SO MUCH!
And then, that one bright sunshiny day, while I was lying on the sofa writhing in my usual photoshop-craving agony, my boyfriend came to me wondering what was wrong.
He asked (in that careless kind of tone as if he was saying that he’d just finished his meal or something) why I wasn’t using GIMP. “It’s like photoshop but for free,” he said.
“Well, why I don’t use it?”
“Ehm, because I didn’t know about it.”
That was a straight jump from agony to ecstasy.
So I downloaded it (for FREE, because it is for FREE!!!) and have used it happily ever after.
In fact, I still am a beginner, I have much to learn.
But it is so much fun and excitement to work with such a lovey.