Need some treats for the classroom party or other Valentine’s Day fun? Angie Obbish, a local baker, shares this heart-warming recipe.
Strawberry Shortbread Cookies
(Makes about 3 dozen small cookies)
1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup strawberry jam
1/2 cup sugar
2-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. strawberry extract
Icing (makes about 1/2 cup):
1-1/4 cups powered sugar
1/2 tsp. strawberry extract
3 Tbsp. milk
A drop or two of red food coloring
Cream butter and sugar well. Add strawberry jam and strawberry extract and beat until fluffy. Add flour gradually and beat at medium speed for five minutes. Scrape sides of bowl then continue beating until dough is silky smooth.
Divide dough in half, wrap each piece in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least three hours (overnight is even better).
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Take a heaping teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball place on ungreased cookie sheet. (Hint: Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.) Place cookies at least 2 inches apart, then press cookies down to 1/4 inch with the palm of your hand or a glass dipped in flour or powdered sugar.
Bake 18-20 minutes until slightly golden around edges. Let cool slightly then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the icing, mix powdered sugar, strawberry extract, food coloring and milk together with a whisk. Spread a little icing on each cookie. Let sit until hardened. Store cookies in an airtight container.
Angie Obbish is the manager for the Frostville Museum Farmers Market and is also one of the bakers. She and her daughter Sarah began the business “Two Chicks That Bake” four years ago to help the market. Sarah helps develop new recipes, and each week, Angie has a selection of 10-12 types of bakery products both sweet and savory, along with two types of pasta during the winter months. Customer favorites include Lemon Blueberry Scones, Pecan Pie Bars, Salted Caramel Brownies and Jumbo German Chocolate Muffins. Special orders are always welcome. You can reach Angie at 330-592-6518.
The Frostville Farmers Winter Indoor Market is open twice a month through April from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. February dates are the 14 and 28. The weekly Summer Market begins the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in October and is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit frostvillefarmersmarket.com.