2 C. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. cold butter
8 oz. cold cream cheese
1 large egg, beaten
1 T. water
Coarse sugar (optional)
Cherry, raspberry or apricot preserves
Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter and cream cheese until
well combined (a food processor works well for this). Divide dough in half. Wrap
in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to one-eighth inch thickness. Cut
out heart shapes with a two-inch cookie cutter. Place half the cutouts on an
ungreased cookie sheet. Place a scant quarter teaspoon of preserves and a
quarter teaspoon of the almond paste in the center of each heart.
Combine egg and water. Brush edges of heart with egg mixture. Top each heart
with a second heart, pressing edges with the tines of a fork. Brush finished
hearts with an egg mixture. If desired, sprinkle tops with coarse sugar. Bake at
375ºF for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.