A very dear friend came to visit the other day, and I wanted to make something nice to have with our tea. These cookies are a recipe that my Grandma used to always make, and she called “Jam Jams”. She used to make them in circles, and without the added icing sugar, I love them with hearts for Valentine’s Day. They are a little time consuming because they are rolled out, but I promise if you make them you’ll love them. I actually wondered how we were going to eat a whole batch of cookies (without me just eating them all that is) but two days later and they’re all gone. Our friend even wanted to take some home! Perhaps I’ll have to make another batch for the 14th. 😉
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 6 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3-4 cups of flour
- raspberry jam
- icing sugar
1. Cream the sugar and shortening together.
2. Add the eggs, syrup and vanilla, and stir until well combined.
3. Gradually add the baking soda, salt and flour. Start with 3 cups of flour and add up to 4 cups total to make a stiff, but not crumbly dough.
4. Refrigerate the dough until chilled.
5. Roll out and cut one bottom and one top for each cookie.
6. Bake at 350, until light brown, around 8 min.
7. After cookies are cooled, sprinkle tops with icing sugar.
8. Spread bottom of the cookie with jam and sandwich with the top.
I’m all for truth in blogging and have to say that my brown sugar had gone a little hard, but I thought I could break it up and it would be fine. Unfortunately it didn’t mix completely with the shortening. It made a dry, kind of crumbly dough with 3 cups of flour, because the sugar was a little dried up. I didn’t really notice, until I rolled it out, that I could see tiny little lumps of sugar in the dough. I persevered, thinking it was too late to fix, and I’m really glad I did, because the finished cookies were still delicious. I guess because there are so many components to the cookie, by the time there was jam added to moisten them up, and a sprinkling of icing sugar, you really wouldn’t have even known I had a little trouble with the dough. That’s what I like -a pretty much fool proof cookie, maybe that’s why my Grandma used to make them every other week -really.
I use this great “Linzer Cookie Cutter” to make these cookies. They have a removable centre, so when it’s removed you cut the bottoms, and add it to cut the tops. This set came with six different centres, and I’ve seen other sets themed for Christmas or other holidays. My friend bought them for me at HomeSense, I think. My Grandma didn’t have a fancy cutter like this, and always just used a large circle and a smaller circle for the middle. I have also used a large heart shaped cutter and smaller one for the centre.
Yummy! Happy Valentine’s Day!