Cherry sweethearts

“In many English towns,” according to Sharon Tyler Herbst, “sandwich cookies are referred to as ‘sweethearts.'” In my limited research I found little evidence to prove or disprove this assertion. Regardless, these border on treacly sweet and yet slightly tart all at once, and are perfect for everything I dislike about that dreadful holiday, St. Valentine’s Day, so the appellation “sweethearts” is fitting (she said, bitterly).

There are chopped maraschino cherries in the dough, and a glaze of powdered sugar and maraschino cherry juice atop the finished cookies, accented with a bit more maraschino cherry. Ms. Herbst suggested a halved cherry for the accent, but I quartered them in part because I was running low and in part because, really, enough is enough. The cookie sandwiches are held together with a thin layer of deliciously tart cherry jam that, frankly, deserves a much better setting. The cookie before glaze and filling is not very sweet and that’s probably a good thing. That said, I have given most of them away and will probably not make them again. So there. Even if Bruce does kind of like them.


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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