Prep 1 hr
Cook 30 mins
These are fun cookies for Halloween or a vampire genre party.The cookies have a light vanilla and butter flavor to them, and are the perfect color to really set off the red of the filling. The have a slightly crisp edge and a soft, chewy center. When you take a bite and expose the jam, they really do look like they’re bleeding! They are baked at a slightly cooler temperature than some cookies, so they don’t really brown during baking. Best if served the same day. I found this recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Baking Bites.
- 3⁄4 cup butter, softened
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄8 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup red jam (raspberry or strawberry)
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light.
- Beat in egg and extracts.
- Add flour and salt to the bowl and mix them into the butter-sugar mixture at low speed until dough is just combined.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Divide dough in half and keep the portion you are not using in the refrigerator.
- Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8-inch thick.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out 2-inch rounds.
- Place rounds on a baking sheet, put a teaspoon of jam on each of them and cover with another round of dough. Press edges down lightly, pinching the edges onto the cookie sheet.
- Use a toothpick and poke two small holes (like a vampire bite) in the top of each cookie.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are set.
- Cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Dip a toothpick in some extra red jam and re-insert in the “bite” holes you made before baking to emphasize them, if not already red. Draw a blood trickle down from one of the bites with the jam, if desired.
- Cookies are best the day they are made.
I made these for Halloween and my teen daughter got a kick out of them! The only change I made was to use 1/2 cup of butter instead of 3/4 cup. I added my photo! Thanks for this great Halloween recipe!
We enjoyed these after a trip to see New Moon. Another poster said the dough was too sticky. The dough MUST be cold as per the directions. Only take out the amount of dough you might use to bake and immediately return to the fridge. I also sprinkled flour on the counter where I was rolling out the dough to keep it from sticking. Will make again for the next vampire party.
I had so much fun with this recipe and the kids loved it.