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Shop and Cook: Raspberry Love Notes

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What’s even better than receiving a love note on Valentine’s Day? Receiving a love note you can eat!

These simple but scrumptious pastries might look labor-intensive but are relatively easy to assemble and bake quickly. With just a bit of patience and finesse, they’ll be ready in under 35 minutes.

No matter how you spend your Valentine’s Day, your date is sure to have heart-eyes for these. 😍

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Prep and Bake

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Before you begin assembling your love notes, make sure the premade pie crust dough is soft enough to work with, but still cold to the touch. Try leaving it in a warm spot on the counter for about 15 minutes to achieve the ideal consistency.

Once your dough is ready, roll it out onto a lightly floured flat surface. Use square cookie cutter to make five squares from the dough. Repeat with the second premade pie crust dough. Don’t toss the leftover scraps; we’ll need those next.

Set aside your ten dough squares and use the remaining dough to make your hearts. If your scraps of dough aren’t large enough, combine them all into one tight ball and roll out flat with a rolling pin. With a small heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out ten hearts.

If you still have remaining dough after this step, create another ball and cover with plastic wrap. This can be placed into the freezer and used again for other recipes!

Now that you have your squares and hearts, it’s time to assemble your letters. Take one dough square and turn it clockwise so that it resembles a diamond shape. Take a scant tablespoon of raspberry jam and place in the center (the less jam the better at this stage, as you can always add more later.)

Fold the left side of the diamond towards the center, followed by the right. Then, fold the bottom of the diamond upwards so that it sits on top of the left and right piece. If they’re not staying in place, dab some water on the undersides of the dough corners and re-stick. The top flap will stay unfolded. Lastly, take a dough heart and place right on top of all three folds. Press down gently so the jam peeks out of the top of the “envelope.”

After all love notes have been assembled, place onto a baking sheet about an inch apart. Whisk one egg and lightly brush over each pastry, careful not to touch the jam. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool, then dust with powdered sugar. Add more jam to the tops, if needed.

Serve warm and enjoy!

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