Holidays wouldn’t be the same without those traditional jam-filled cookies. I have been baking this recipe for many, many years and it has never let me down.
Where I am from, we pretty much grew up on those cookies around the holidays. A friend’s grandmother would bake them and would allow us to have 3 or 4 before supper. Someone would bring some to school and would share the precious treat with selected people. I don’t really remember my mom making them, but I know I had them very often during Christmas time when I was a child.
It came to no surprise that when I moved out and started baking my own Christmas treats, that these cookies were first to be make on the list. What I noticed while looking at different websites and books for recipe, is that there seems to be two traditional ways of making those cookies: the first one is to have more of a sweet, buttery and soft cookie, and the second option is to incorporate molasses to the cookie batter. I have cooked both and prefer the first version, but that is a personal choice.
The second thing I noticed over the year is that there seems to be a consensus on what the recipe for those cookies should be. Everyone seems to agree on the measurements and ingredients. That also means that my recipe haven’t changed in many years. I normally try to adjust with the years, take some tips from cooks and bloggers to improve the overall recipe, but this cookie has stayed the same over the years.
It is also a recipe that is fun to do if you have little ones around. They can help you cut the dough, put the jam in the middle of the cookies, assemble them or simply assist in testing each batch! Just always remember to keep a close eye on them while they bake. You don’t want to overbake them, otherwise they will be hard on the teeth.
They are also a crowd pleaser: traditional and that stay fresh in an air-tight container for about a week. You can also freeze the cookies once assembled for about a month and they will still be delicious.
So here is the recipe, I hope you will like it if you try it at home! And remember to use different cookie cutters and to have fun while baking those. Enjoy! xxx
You will need:
1 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups of sugar
3 cups of flour
2 teaspoon of making powder
Raspberry or strawberry jam
In a bowl, beat the butter with the sugar. Add the eggs and and make sure to mix well.
In another bowl, mix the four with baking powder. Add to the butter mixture and beat until just combined.
On a floured surface, work the dough until you get one soft ball. Devine in half.
Roll one ball with a rolling pin until about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to make some cookies in the dough. Repeat as long as you have dough, then start with the second ball.
Cook the cookies at 325F for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them as you don’t want to overcook them. As soon as they start to be a little brown on the edge, take them out.
Let the cookies cool, then put a layer of jam on one cookie and cover with another one to create a sandwich. And the… enjoy!