Growing up I had a cookie Grandma. She loved cookies, and it felt like she always had some in the cookie jar when we visited -especially at Christmas time.
These were a family favourite, a tried and true recipe. We called them Jam Jams, they’re a Raspberry Jam Sandwich Cookies, similar to a Linzer Cookie, might be called a Jammy Doger too. Totally delicious, what ever name you use.
When my mom was a little girl, she said my Grandma made a double batch of these cookies every other week, and alternated them with another family favourite, brown sugar cookies.
My Grandma won’t have thought of these as Christmas cookies. These won’t have been special enough for Christmas, these were just a work a day kind of a cookie -especially on the farm where people put in long days in the fields and barns, and these were the kind of cookies that would appear after a big lunch, before people headed back out to work.
I make them with Gay Lea butter. You might not know that Gay Lea Foods is a co-operative owned by over 1,200 farm families, that’s approximately one quarter of Ontario’s dairy farmers, who probably still come in from the barn for big lunches at noon, and cookies for dessert.
But since we don’t live on a farm, nor make cookies every week, it seems right that Jam Jams should make an appearance at Christmas, especially since I’ve made them with a Christmasy star in the middle and dressed them up with a sprinkling of icing sugar, which she never did, but I’m sure she would approve of.
And they’re perfect to make at Christmas now, since we never seem to make them anymore, and they are such a happy familiar taste, that bring back lots of childhood memories for me.
My Grandma probably made these hundreds of times…my mom as well, and I feel like I’ve been making them myself since I was a kid…I’m sure I’ve eaten them hundreds of times. They are certainly a tried and true recipe. I highly recommend.
You could fill them with any jam, raspberry’s my favourite, but I’ve had them often with strawberry too. My youngest daughter thought they might be nice with Nutella…she’s probably right.
With home made Jam Jam’s for Christmas, life really is a party.
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