Tuesday, December 16, 2008

TWD: Buttery Jam Cookies



This week's edition of Tuesdays with Dorie features a recipe of my choosing. I was very excited to get to choose this week. Since it is the week before Christmas and I know many are in extreme holiday baking mode so I decided to go with something quick and easy to prepare. The first thing that came to mind was cookies and as you all know, Dorie has a big, delicious variety of cookies to choose from. The Buttery Jam cookies stood out to me because they seemed so easy and quick to turn out. Plus they have some of my favorite ingredients...butter and jam.

I decided to go with a strawberry-raspberry jam that my aunt made (it also featured a caramel Godiva liqueur as well) and it is to die for delicious. In the P&Q section at the TWD site, many said that the cookies didn't spread at all. That had me worried but thankfully a fellow baker, Holly had baked them before and offered the suggestion of not overmixing. It worked like a charm because my cookies spread perfectly!

I must have made my cookies bigger than Dorie because I only ended up with 25 cookies. They still seemed small to me but I guess they must be huge compared to Dorie's! I still only baked them for about 11 minutes though.

Another baker mentioned that the jam flavor wasn't very strong. I'm sure that may vary based on what type you use but I still added more jam to mine...about 1/3 cup (not sure exactly. I just used what was left in the container). Because of the jam, they were slightly pink before baking and still had a pinkness afterwards.


Oh boy...these little babies were delicious! The jam had a very pronounced flavor but it wasn't overwhelmingly sweet. I gobbled up two right after they came out of the oven. They are excellent dipped in a homemade vanilla green tea latte. They would be excellent cookies to serve with tea.

For more Buttery Jam Cookies (or any of the choices this month since we are allowed to go out of order), head over to the TWD blogroll. Because it is my turn to post, I have the recipe typed up below.

FYI- I am still internet less at home but I'm using my work computer to post this. Good news is I will have new internet by the 22nd! I'll try and update my picture and linkless posts then! Thanks for bearing with me!



Buttery Jam Cookies

Adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tbsp. whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup apricot jam
icing sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and place two racks in the oven, one in the upper third of the oven and one in the lower third of the oven. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar (on high speed) for 2 to 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat on high speed for an additional minute. Add the milk and the vanilla extract and beat on high speed for 30 seconds. Add the jam and beat on low speed for 1 minute. Add the dry ingredients, with the mixer on low speed, just until they’re mixed in. The dough will be extremely thick and stiff.

With a an ice cream scoop or a teaspoon, drop spoonfuls of the dough onto baking sheets, forming cookies that are about 1 inch to 1-1/2 inches in size.
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, rotating the trays from top rack to bottom rack halfway through.

Once baked, let the cookies sit on the pan for a minute or two and then remove to a wire rack and let cool completely. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Note: This recipe will yield between 40 and 50 cookies, depending on size.

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TourGuide Jenn said...

Great choice Heather. You were right about it being quick and easy. I read the Q&A as well and I think not overmixing was the key. Mine didn't spread too much, but I also made small cookies (that was the only way to get 45 out of the recipe). Which is a good thing since I tend to sample a cookie from each sheetpan (I like to think of it as "quality control" before I take them to my co-workers!). Thanks again!

Gabe's Girl said...

It was fun to try to fine tune this recipe. Thanks for choosing it, my family really enjoyed it. I, too, only could get about 25 cookies. Dorie must make these Smurf-sized. Have a wonderful day!

Donna said...

Thanks for choosing this cookie recipe Heather. After some doctoring up, they were cute AND delicious!

Claudia said...

Thanks for hosting TWD and for this wonderful recipe! Happy holidays to you!

Di said...

Thanks for picking something easy for us this week! =) I really enjoyed them, although I agree that they need a bit more jam. Next time... =)

Sarah said...

great pick...this is definitely the time of year for cookies. i ended up with 20 cookies, so you are not alone with your giant cookies! :)

What's for Supper? said...

You picked a great choice. They were so easy and tasted delicious. Thanks!

Jill said...

Thanks for picking this recipe - I never would have tried these, but I liked them. I was happy that I could just mix and bake - no refrigerating or rolling out!

Engineer Baker said...

I definitely should have upped the jam, like you did. I really enjoyed them though - nice and subtle flavor. Thanks for a great (and easy!) pick!

LyB said...

This is such a great recipe. I can't wait to try so many other variations. Thanks for a fun pick this week! :)

chocolatechic said...

Thanks for picking this week.

We all loved the cookies.

leanne said...

Awesome choice. Mine didn't spread as well as yours but were great!

Kristin said...

Great choice Heather! These were so easy to make. No chilling of the dough required! (that step always throws me off - I don't realize it until the last minute that I need to add 2 hours to how long it will take!) My cookies stayed in little mounds, but I like them that way. My batch is almost gone - only one left!

ostwestwind said...

Thanks for your pick, easy and quick to make in these busy times. Thanks

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

still struggling with her entry.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Great pick Heather! If I make these again I think I will add more jam.

kim said...

Great pick, Heather! I definitely appreciated the quick-and-easy recipe :) I think i will add more jam next time too. Glad you liked your pick! :)

Jess said...

Thanks for picking something quick, easy, and tasty for us this week...glad you liked them!

HoneyB said...

Great choice Heather! Grumpy and I both loved these cookies. I also sent these to the soldier I was baking for (Baking Gals). Thanks!

Tammy said...

I am so pelased you enjoyed your choice!

Debbie said...

Heather,
I loved these cookies. I followed the recipe as written and got a slightly sweet biscuit like cookie that goes perfectly with a cup of tea.

Your butternut squash risotto looks to die for. I'm definitely gonna' give that a try. Just made a butternut squash soup and the smell of the squash roasting was divine. ;-)

Katrina said...

Glad you liked your cookies, they do look really good and soft. Mine were a bit dry and I probably overmixed the dough--I guess. I knew I wasn't supposed to and tried to do just minimal, but they are a bit harder than I'd want. Still, I had fun with all kinds of toppings for these and they taste pretty good. Thanks for the pick.

dharmagirl said...

Hi Heather!

Thanks for choosing a simple, delicious, and fruit filled cookie:)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

great pick--we loved them, too!

Megan said...

Yes, these were definitely simple and I'm glad I tried them. Thanks!

Rhiani said...

Thanks for hosting this week Heather. I appreciated the simplicity of this selection in the midst of all my other baking - that was what decided me in favor of making them :) The jam you used sounds positively delicious - I don't suppose you have that recipe tucked away anywhere? :)

Danielle said...

Thanks for picking this out. It was different. I only got about 15 cookies out of my batch I made them big also!

Carol Peterman said...

I am just getting started on visiting blogs, but already I am amazed at the variety of results. I am glad to hear I wasn't the only one with cookies that didn't spread (I didn't check in on the P&Q), but yours did and look lovely. I think I need to give this recipe another go.

bakingwiththeboys said...

I appreciate that you gave us such a simple recipe this week. I think I needed more jam but I had a blast making them with my boys.

The Food Librarian said...

Great choice Heather!!! It was yummy and easy. Thanks!!

Flourchild said...

It was fun making them. Thanks for choosing a easy recipe!

cliff said...

I love how quickly I was able to wip these up - great recipe! Works well with a nicely blended tea. browse the Behind The Burner recipe section for some interesting teat blends.

Best regrads,
Cliff

Jaime said...

thanks for a great pick! though i miss the pics w/charlie this week!

Cathy said...

Thanks for the great pick! I think we all appreciate you going easy on us this week! These were a great addition to the cookie bake-a-thon going on around here!

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