Welcome to our latest series, Cooking with Kids, where we share a recipe each month that is both educational and fun for the whole family. This month is a Valentine Day’s twist on traditional Norwegian cookies. Similar to Polish Kolaczki, these cookies are jam-filled but instead of a cream cheese base they are made with cottage cheese to create a more flakey texture similar to a turnover pastry. Give it a heart shape, and voila, a tasty Valentine treat! What better way to share the love than with sugary goodness? So put on your aprons little chefs, let’s get baking!
1 cup of butter (room temperature)
1 cup of cottage cheese
2 cups of flour
Strawberry or raspberry jam
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Mix the butter, cottage cheese and flour together until combined, then chill the dough in the fridge for at least an hour.
On a floured surface, roll the dough out into thin sheets.
Cut into 2-inch hearts.*
On a parchment-lined baking sheet, assemble each tart cookie by placing 1 tsp. of jam onto one heart, then placing another heart on top. Using a fork, gently press down around all the edges of the dough, careful not to squeeze out the jam.**
Bake for 12-13 minutes or until crisp and lightly brown.
Let cool slightly, then dust with powdered sugar.
Serve and enjoy!
*If you don’t have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, trace out hearts using a paper template and a knife.
**Keep the fork floured to prevent it from sticking to the dough.