Traditionally these are made with guava fruit jam but you can use any kind of jam you like, they will taste just as great!
The recipe I have makes a ridiculous amount of cookies. I'm posting the full recipe but I usually make only 1/4, at the most 1/2 of the recipe because of the massive quantities of cookies that come out. Although, I'm pretty sure I could eat them all in one sitting!
2 cups cornstarch
2 cups confectioner's sugar (sifted)
4 cups flour
6 sticks of butter at room temperature (that's right SIX!!!)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
Line cookie sheets with non stick mats or use a cooking spray.
Using a standing mixer with a paddle attachment cream the butter and vanilla until it is very light in color, approximately 10 minutes.
Add the dry ingredients and then mix on low until a uniform dough forms.
How easy is that??!!!
To form the cookies, you can make balls or use a pastry bag and drop the dough in about 1/2 inch circles.I like the pastry bag personally.You can use another pastry bag for the jam or a with a spoon add a small drop in the middle.
Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until the bottoms are slightly brown.
Make sure to leave enough space between these cookies as they expand in the oven!
When the cookies come out of the oven they will look like this
See how they grew? Doesn't seem like much, but they do grow quite a bit.
That jam center is great and makes all the difference!