Two Hearts Together


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The perfect Valentine's Day cookie, these "sweet hearts" sandwich a layer of caramel for finger-licking fun.

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  • 1 C. butter, softened
  • 1 C. white sugar
  • 1 3 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 C. heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 C. pink decorator sugar

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In mixer bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, cream cheese, egg yolk, 1/2 tsp. almond extract, vanilla and salt until well blended. Add flour, mix well. Chill 2 hours. On floured surface, knead dough to form smooth ball. Divide into thirds. On floured surface, roll out each portion to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out heart shapes with cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Brush with slightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake in preheated 375 degrees oven for 7-10 minutes. Cool.

In saucepan, combine condensed milk, whipping cream and remaining 1/2 tsp. almond extract.

Over medium high heat, cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until thickened, 8-10 minutes. Cool. Sandwich "two hearts together" with caramel mixture. Store tightly covered.

Yield: 2-3 dozen

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