Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Jam sandwich cookies

Jam sandwich cookies

Baking cookies is not something common here in Brazil, so the ones I had growing up were of the store-bought variety. As a kid, I was never a fan of sandwich cookies. My friends and cousins loved them, and they would even open up the cookie and eat the entire filling first. The cookies I liked were the simple, plain ones. Like digestive cookies and such. When I was 6-7 there were cookies shaped like the characters from “The Flintstones” – those were my absolute favorites.

But things change and now I like many types of cookies – pretty much all, I could say. The lovely Steph is holding a special event and she wants to know her readers’ favorite cookies. Mine are lemon cookies (surprise, surprise). :)
Go there and take part, too – there’s a prize involved!

Even though there’s no lemon in these, they are delicious, too – I made them for a friend who had a hard time a couple of weeks ago.

My only advice here is to avoid much too sweet jams – in my opinion, a tart filling would go better with these cookies.

Jam sandwich cookies

Jam sandwich cookies
from here

Baking Mix:
3 cups (420g) all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1 ½ cups (300g) sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ tablespoon salt

4 cups Baking Mix, spooned and leveled
1 cup (2 sticks/226g) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
½ cup (120ml) whole milk
1 cup seedless jam or jelly – I used blackberry jam, seeds and all

Start by making the mix: in a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 months. Whisk before using.
Makes about 4 ¼ cups – you’ll need 4 for the recipe

Now, the cookies: preheat oven to 175ºC/350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a food processor, pulse baking mix and butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add milk; pulse until a dough forms – I used the Kitchen Aid with the paddle attachment.

Drop dough by heaping tablespoons* onto sheets, 3 inches (7.5cm) apart - you will fit about 9 cookies to a sheet; bake in two batches to make a total of 36 cookies. Bake until cookies begin to turn golden but center is still pale, 12 to 14 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Spread flat side of half the cookies with 2 teaspoons jam each; sandwich with remaining cookies.

Makes 18
* I did not want very large cookies, so I used leveled tablespoons of dough and got 25 sandwich cookies

Jam sandwich cookies


Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Yum again! I love the lemon flavour mixed with the jam here Patricia!

Anonymous said...

Your cookies look lovely!

Manggy said...

You like all cookies? Hah, I never had any doubt, my friend ;) (you didn't like sandwich cookies as a kid? Not even Oreos?!? :O )
Those look about as perfect as can be! I agree, a tart jam is a better companion to cookies :)

Dita said...

Auntie Pati, here's Arwen and Leia....asking you for some cookies ;).
Kind of shortcrust cookies, right?

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

A little bit of lemon zest in the cookie dough or filling would be lovely, yes? Cookies are really the only thing I like to bake.

Silvia - Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Patricia :-D finally I'm back so sorry for my absence! Wow ! it's the only word that comes to my mind right now seeing those gorgeous cookies! fantastic!
excellent as ever hun ;-)

Anonymous said...

These just warm my heart. I love them! So delicate and perfect looking.

Arundathi said...

Beautiful! Bookmarked! :-)

LyB said...

They look delicious, with a little jam peeking out from in between perfectly round cookies, beautiful Patricia!

Shari said...

Those jam cookies look delicious, and I can imagine lots of ways they could be filled. Thanks for the tip about using a tart filling.
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Deborah said...

Oooh, I just made some strawberry rhubarb jam earlier this week that would probably be fabulous in these. They look delicious!

Niki said...

I've never made sandwich cookies and, like you, was never crazy about them. But these look delightful and homemade sandwich cookies are probably much better than store bought! I might give them a try! :)

creampuff said...


Those cookies are just so pretty!

KJ said...

I was one of those kids that always ate the filling first. I think I would love these.

Robin Sue said...

Hi, I have just found you blog and I am enjoying your posts. Oh and I have tagged you too. So only if you want to play come see my post. Or just visit me anyway! Great photos BTW!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pete, there's no lemon here, my friend, but that is a great idea. :)

Ann, thank you!

Mark, I know you saw that coming. hahaha
Oreos are quite new around here, I was a big girl when they arrived in Brazil. And I love them. :)

Dita, Arwen and Leia are more than welcome to have as many cookies as they want!
I think they are, sweetie - but without eggs.

Lydia, yes! Lemon zest is always a winner in my book!

Silvia, I have missed you, sweetheart!

Cathy, thank you, darling!

Arundathi, thank you! I hope you try them!

LyB, thank you, my friend!

Shari, I think you are right.

Deb, that jam sounds amazing!

Niki, I think you should!

Ivonne, thank you, darling!

KJ, really? My brother did it too - as a matter of fact, I think he still does it, and now he's 27. :)

Robin, thank you for your kind words!

Anonymous said...

I am going to have to try these cookies! I know my kids would love them.

Gigi said...

Patricia you must never sleep because you have been busy in the kitchen! These cookies look perfect and they would cheer anyone up. You're a great friend.

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