Empire Cookies Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- ½ cup butter
<br>- ½ cup white sugar
<br>- 1  egg
<br>- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
<br>- 2 cups all-purpose flour
<br>- 1 teaspoon baking powder
<br>- ½ cup raspberry jam
<br>- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
<br>- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
<br>- 1 tablespoon hot water
<br>- ¼ cup candied cherries, chopped
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: Cream butter.  Add sugar, creaming well.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture.
<br>step 2: On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 2 inch rounds, and place on  ungreased baking sheets.
<br>step 3: Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes, or until very lightly browned at edges. Cool thoroughly.
<br>step 4: Spread half of the cookies with jam, and top with remaining cookies.
<br>step 5: Combine confectioners' sugar, almond extract, and enough hot water to make a thin icing.  Frost tops of cookies. Top each with a small piece of candied cherry.
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Ingredients
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup raspberry jam
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- ¼ cup candied cherries, chopped

Directions
step 1: Cream butter. Add sugar, creaming well. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture.
step 2: On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 2 inch rounds, and place on ungreased baking sheets.
step 3: Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes, or until very lightly browned at edges. Cool thoroughly.
step 4: Spread half of the cookies with jam, and top with remaining cookies.
step 5: Combine confectioners' sugar, almond extract, and enough hot water to make a thin icing. Frost tops of cookies. Top each with a small piece of candied cherry.

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