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Bachelor Buttons


Bachelor Buttons
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This is one of those cookies that doesn't look like much on the outside, but is sneakily and indescribably delicious. Really, they should be called Ninja Awesome Hidden Jam Cookies, but according to my grandmother who handed down the recipe, they're called Bachelor Buttons.

A web search yields about fifty different cookie recipes also called Bachelor Buttons, but they are ALL WRONG and DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM. These are the one and only kind of Bachelor Buttons you need. Especially if you are looking for a buttery double-layered cookie with a bit of raspberry jam in the middle that is absolutely perfect for dunking in a cup of tea.

Yes, I said dunking. In tea. Trust me on this one.

BACHELOR BUTTONS

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 well-beaten egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup good quality raspberry jam (I used Smuckers)

Heat oven to 350 F. Cream butter and brown sugar in a medium-sized bowl, add well-beaten egg and vanilla and mix thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and add slowly to wet mixture until all flour has been mixed in. You will have a fairly firm, non-sticky dough. Form into fist-sized balls.

Roll out dough thinly onto waxed paper and cut into circles with floured 1.5" cutter or small juice glass. Transfer to cookie sheet.

Use two teaspoons to drop a small amount of raspberry jam onto the center of each cookie. Cover with a second circle of dough and press gently around edges with fingertips to seal. Prick center of cookie with floured fork.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Make a pot of tea and enjoy! WARNING: HIGHLY ADDICTIVE.
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