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Jammy Dodger Cookie Recipe

Holiday Jammy Dodger Cookie Recipe

I'm so happy to introduce our new baking contributors from across the pond, Rebecca and Rosie, from Honeywell Bakes! I just love having a little British flair on our site. For their first recipe, Rebecca and Rosie are sharing these beautiful jammy dodgers (shortbread cookies filled with jam). Wouldn't they be yummy to serve at Christmas? 

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Christmas Jammy Dodgers

Makes approx. 30 8cm biscuits (cookies)

Cookie ingredients:

  • 250g (1 cup) butter, at room temperature
  • 200g (1 cup) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 500g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
Jam ingredients:
  • 350g berry jam (or use your favourite jam)
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • pinch ground cloves (optional)

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Directions:

Preheat oven to 1800C/3500F .

Cream butter and sugar, then add the egg and mix until well combined.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

 

Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and mix slowly until a soft dough is formed.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

 

Knead gently on a floured surface to form a round ball. Wrap in cling film (saran wrap) and refrigerate for an hour.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Sprinkle flour on your work surface and split the dough into two balls.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Roll one ball out thinly, to about 3mm thick. Cut out circles and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Pick up the scraps and knead to form a ball, and repeat until you’ve used all of your dough.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Now, using smaller Christmas themed cookie cutters, cut out shapes from the middle of half of the biscuits (cookies), whilst on your baking tray. This will stop the shapes from distorting which can happen if you move your biscuits (cookies) after you cut the middle shape.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Don’t overcook, they should be a very light brown colour.

Place on a wire rack to cool.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Place the jam in a small saucepan with the cinnamon stick, allspice and cloves. Gently bring to a boil over a low heat, stirring all the time. Simmer for a couple of minutes, then take the pan off the heat and allow to cool. Once cool, remove the cinnamon stick. (Tip: if you’re feeling lazy, you can skip this step and just use your favourite jam as it is. They will still be yummy, but not quite so Christmassy!).

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Put a teaspoon of jam on each biscuit (cookie) circle, and place a biscuit (cookie) with a shape cut of it on top. Arrange so the jam fills the shape. Dust with powdered sugar. Allow the jam to set, then keep in an airtight tin. They will last about a week (if you can resist them!).

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Thank you, Rebecca and Rosie, your cookies look scrumptious! To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their site, shop, and Facebook page.

My Favorite Thanksgiving Treats From our Site

What more can I say but... wow and yum! Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving treats. Just click on the photo to see what party they come from.

For more Thanksgiving inspiration, take a look at these all these Thanksgiving celebrations from our site. Also, see all our free Thanksgiving printables collections.

 

{RECIPE} Tips for Making French Macarons

I know, French macarons. We've all heard the horror stories of how hard they are to make. But they are also absolutely gorgeous, look great on a dessert table, and where I come from, cost about $3.50 per macaron. So maybe I need to rethink my fear of trying. :)

To help me, I asked macaron expert and professional baker, Chris Roberson of Frostine Bakery. She makes hundreds of macarons, so if anyone knows how to do it, she does. She's shared not only her recipe but her trade secrets. Thank you, Chris, our lips are sealed (except for the fact that I'm posting it)!

Yields about 100 shells, 50 cookies

Tools:

  • Parchment paper, cut to fit cookie sheets, or Silpat
  • Flat and even cookie sheets
  • Piping bag
  • Decorating tip (regular round is fine with large opening)
Ingredients:
  • 120 grams almond meal (or 4 1/2 oz.)
  • 200 grams powdered sugar (or 7 oz.)
  • 100 grams egg whites, aged overnight (about 3 large egg whites)
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 30 grams sugar (1 oz.)
Note: Weight in grams will be more accurate. It is important to be precise with this recipe. I even use a food scale to measure the weights.
Directions:

Step 1. The night before you plan to bake (or morning of, if you are waiting until evening), measure your egg whites and in a bowl let them "age" on the counter overnight. The process of “aging” helps to break down the enzymes, making the whites whip better.

Step 2. Trace one-inch rounds onto parchment for uniform shapes. I used the opposite end of an icing tip to trace. Also, leave about ¼- ½ inch of room between the circles.

Step 3. Put the tip on your icing bag. Place the bag in a pint glass and fold the top of the bag around the rim of glass (this makes pouring the batter into the bag SO much easier)

Step 4. After measuring the almond meal and powdered sugar, place in a food processor and pulse until combined. Sift the mixture into a bowl and set aside.

Step 5. Using a stand mixer and the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on low speed. Put in cream of tartar. Continue to mix on low until the whites become frothy, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Increase the speed to medium-high and slowly add the sugar. Mix for another 3 to 5 minutes, until stiff peaks begin to form. At this point you can add in your desired gel food coloring.

Step 6. Once peaks are stiff, using a rubber spatula fold in the almond flour and powdered sugar mixture in quarters. In total, the mixture should only be folded about 60 times. More than that will make it deflate, creating more air bubbles and less "feet," which is the raised part of the cookie that looks a little bubbly.

Step 7. Pour the batter into the bag and pipe rounds onto the parchment paper. Tap the cookie sheet on counter, being careful to keep it level. Use a toothpick to pop any bubbles that may come to the top.

Step 8. Preheat oven to 375°F. Let shells rest 15 to 30 minutes before putting them into the oven. Resting gives the shell a tacky, almost firm top, giving the air only one place to go out: the bottom. This is what gives the macarons their feet.

Step 9. Once the shells have rested, place in the oven and lower the heat to 325°F. Bake for 5 minutes, turn sheet, and bake for 5 more minutes. Take out to let cool before transferring to a cooling rack. While cooling, reset oven temp to 375°F. Let it rest at 375°F for 5 minutes before putting in your second tray.

Step 10. You should now have beautiful macaron shells ready to fill with delicious filling! (These were made using a salted caramel buttercream and dark chocolate ganache)

Step 11  After piping the filling, refrigerate over night. You can eat one now, but I promise, they will taste 10 times better if you wait. Delayed satisfaction, I’m telling you.

SALTED CARAMEL BUTTERCREAM FILLING 

Ingredients:

• 4 ounces European style butter (demisel), room temp • 8 ounces caramel • ½ cup powdered sugar • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract • ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt

Directions:

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, and using the whisk attachment, whip butter until creamy. Slowly add in the caramel while still beating. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until well incorporated. With a large spatula, fold in the salt.

2. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Pipe filling on macarons.

Thank you, Chris, for your recipe and professional tricks. I'm definitely going to face my fear and try making some!

To learn more about Chris, check out Frostine Bakery. If you are in Northern California, and need macarons for your next party but don't want to bake them yourself, contact Chris, and I bet she can help you out. :)

S'mores Bars for Labor Day

My neighbor, Paula, made these incredible S’mores Bars based on my Labor Day food post. How insane do these look??

s'mores-bars-3 They were delicious and very very rich, no way you could eat an entire bar yourself.

Paula's plan is to serve them with ice cream to lighten up the richness. She said they were fun to make, easy, and would be a great recipe to try with kids. Thank you, Paula, for the treat today and for the gorgeous photo!

RECIPE: Mini Pecan Pie Pops

This recipe comes via Sheryl B's blog, Lady Behind the Curtain. I saw these mini pecan pie pops on Sheryl's Father's Day Dessert Table and had to ask her if I could post the recipe.  How amazing would these be for your July 4th barbecue!

That’s right pie ON A STICK! :) It seems that everything is going on a stick.  So why not a pie?  It may look intimidating but it is a lot easier then you think and your guests are going to go GAGA (not the Lady kind) over them.

PECAN PIE POP RECIPE

Pastry Dough Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • Water
Pastry Dough Directions

Beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy mix in flour if needed add enough water to make the pastry cling together.  Chill for 1 hour.

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Filling Directions

Mix together egg, egg yolk, corn syrup, brown sugar, butter and vanilla.

To make tarts: Tear off a piece of dough and press into small tart pan.  Spoon filling into tart pan and sprinkle with chopped nuts.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes or until set.  Once tarts are cooled take a tooth pick and run it around the edge to loosen.

Cut a slit in the side of the tart and slide in the 8-in. Lollipop stick until you feel the other side. DO NOT go thru.  NOTE: if you don’t have tart pans then use a muffin tin and only go up the sides 1-in.

Makes approximately 8 tarts.

Thank you, Sheryl, for this great recipe. To learn more about Sheryl and discover more of her entertaining tips, please visit her blog, Lady Behind the Curtain.

And seriously, how cool would these pecan pie pops look on your next dessert table.

 

Happy Memorial Day!

Hope your Memorial Day is sweet!


Hamburger cupcakes


Candy kabobs


Fruit skewers


Red, white, and blue cake

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DESSERTS: The Best Valentine's Day Treats We've Seen

(Decorating a dessert table? Enter our $25 giveaway from Superior Nut Store. It's so easy!)

Anyone who knows me, knows I have a serious sweet tooth, so here's my roundup of my favorite Valentine's Day treats.  (Click on the photos to see what parties they're from.)

Yummy, right?

TRENDS: Out of This World Cakes On Catch My Party

(Enter our $50 CSN giveaway: Leave a comment here telling us what you want for Christmas. That's it!)

I love posting photos of the gorgeous cakes we get on our site. I'm continually blown away by the talent. Take a look and tell me which one is your favorite. I can't decide.

Brittany S's Casino 40th Birthday

Charynn O's Madelyn's 4th Birthday Party

Nicole W's A Magical Cornish Fairy Affair

Katie P's Lucas Turns 1 (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) Birthday

Rose A's A Rainbow Party (Romeo's 1st Birthday)

Nala C's Polka Dots and Triceratops - 3rd Birthday Party

Candace M's Janelle's Pixie Hollow Birthday

Laura B's Ladies & Gentleman: An Evening Affair Birthday

Brittany S's Super Mario Party

Frog Prince Paperie's Modern Dinosaur Birthday Adventure

Veronica B's Alice's Garden Party

Corrie S's Sophie's Everything Purple Baby Shower

Tonya S's Bears and Bees Birthday Party

Rebecca G's What are Little Boys Made Of?

New Dessert Table Category in the Photo Showcase

We've just added "dessert table" to the showcase section on everyone's party page. When you're adding a new party (or editing an old one), please drag a photo of your gorgeous dessert table into the "dessert table" box.

This way it's easier for me to show off all your lovely dessert tables in my blog, and for people to browse through them in the "browse photos" section of the site.

Also, please let me know what you think and if there are any other categories we should be adding.

Our Favorite Halloween Desserts

Here are some of our favorite Halloween desserts from the parties on our site. How creative and delicious are these!!

Nina D's Halloween Party

Kim S's Halloween Glam Dessert Table

Oh Goodie Designs' Ghostly Goodies

Party Box Design's Spooky Sweet Halloween Treats Party

Brandi V's Twilight Inspired Halloween Party

Kate H's Mummy's Night Out

The Savvy Mom's Guide's Spooktacular Play Party

De Anna M's Shriya's 3rd Birthday Halloween Bash

Missy D's Pumpkin Carving Party

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