Raspberry Empire Cookies

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    Heart Shaped Empire Cookies sandwiched with a raspberry jam filling and topped with an almond glaze. The perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.

    Happy February friends! Can you believe January has already come and gone? I have to say February is possibly my favorite month of the year! For one, I love Valentines and it’s also my BIRTHDAY! I technically don’t have a leap year birthday this year, but we celebrated it on the 28th. Who are we kidding, I celebrate it all month long! Which means these cookies are happening again, SOON!

    These empire cookies are a fun twist on the traditional sugar coookies. They are a shortbread cookie and a little less dense. Jam filled shortbread cookies have been a staple at English tea parties for years, but I don’t see them very often in the states. I think you all need to try them though because they are amazing! Especially with a homemade raspberry jam filling. They look so fancy and really aren’t that hard to make. My kids LOVED them!

    A close up of two valentine empire cookies

    I thought it would be fun to turn them into hearts for Valentine’s, but you could make them circles as well. Oh and can’t forget the extra heart on top. Because, why not?! ;)

    plate full of valentine empire cookies How to Make Empire Cookies

    For the base of the cookie you will need:

    • 3/4 cup butter, softened
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
    • 2 3/4 cups pastry or cake flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    I like to refrigerate my dough for at least an hour, so that it is easy to work with when rolling it out.

    Heart shaped cookies

    Make sure to roll them out to about 1/8″ thick since you’ll be stacking two together. Since they are a thinner cookies, you also want to watch them closely in the oven so they don’t burn. The edges should just have a slight light golden edge.

    Heart shaped sugar cookies

    Once they are cooled you will fill them with raspberry jam. I happened to have some leftover from the batch I made this summer, but any will do.

    adding jam on top of heart shaped empire cookie

    Next you’ll make a quick icing an frost the tops of the heart. Then add a sprinkle heart if you’d like. Then all you need to do is let them set.

    spreading icing on top of empire cookies with spatula

    heart shaped empire cookies on a pink plate

    Raspberry Empire Cookies

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Raspberry Empire Cookies
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 8 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
    Servings: 16
    Calories: 265
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    A great recipe for Valentine's Day cookies. These are seriously so good!


    • 3/4 cup butter softened
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
    • 2 3/4 cups pastry or cake flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt


    • 3/4 cup raspberry jam
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 Tablespoons hot water
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract could also substitute with vanilla
    • 2.5 inch cookie cutter


    • Combine the butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add the egg and egg yolk and beat on medium speed until combined. Add the vanilla and beat again.
    • With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour and salt. Press the dough between two sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
    • Roll out the dough 1/8″ thick onto a baking mat, parchment paper or a well floured surface. Press the cookie cutter into the dough and carefully move to the baking sheet. Repeat until you have 32 cookies.
    • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are slightly light golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan for 2 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack.
    • Once the cookies are cooled spread the raspberry jam onto the back side of the cookies. Press another cookie gently on top. Then whisk together the icing ingredients (powdered sugar, water and almond extract) in a small bowl, until it is smooth and glossy. Use a small spatula to frost the top of the cookies. Add a heart sprinkle to the center if desired.


    These cookies will keep in an airtight container for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


    Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.3mg

    Recipe adapted from the Butter Celebrates Cookbook

    close up of a heart shaped valentine empire cookie

    Enjoy!! :)

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