TWD: Buttery Jam Cookies

by Holly on December 2, 2008


You know, I am extremely grateful for the option of going out of order with the recipes for Tuesdays with Dorie this busy December. I haven’t missed a week since I joined (way back at the marshmallows last Spring I think) and I was worried with this nasty flu that has our whole family down and out that I was finally going to be in for it. Then, dear Laurie, bent the rules for all of us. So, while technically, the recipe for this week should be the Linzer Sables, I just haven’t been able to put them together yet. What I did toss together instead was the Buttery Jam Cookies, chosen by Heather of Randomosity and the Girl (yup, I’m two weeks early).


These are a buttery (as the name implies), soft, sweet and slightly spiced tender cookie that is about as easy to put together as anything could possibly be. They have just a little bit of ground ginger in the dough, and while I considered leaving it out, I am so glad I didn’t. As Dorie mentions in her introduction in the book, there is just a hint of the flavor for a little extra something that you just almost can’t put your finger on. I also used apricot jam, per Dorie’s suggestion, because I had just enough of some really good apricot jam left on hand and I am saving my good raspberry jam for the Linzer’s when I get to make them.

These cookies were, as I said, wonderfully easy to make, and extremely delicious and moreish. Aidan and Cole both loved them too and I know I will often be making these with any number of jam variations.


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Kitchen Flavours December 2, 2008 at 10:41 am

Wow looks yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy. Soft and crunchy too.

Cristine December 2, 2008 at 11:36 am

I made these over the weekend and loved them! Yours look yummy!

Hope you are feeling better soon!

chocolatechic December 2, 2008 at 12:47 pm

They look wonderful.

I can’t wait to make them.

Jules Someone December 2, 2008 at 2:39 pm

I made these too! I love a chewy butter cookie. I’m excited to try these again with other jam flavors.

Jodie December 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm

They do look buttery! Yum! Hope your family gets better soon!

Manggy December 2, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Whoa, you’re just so dedicated Holly; I hope you and the boys are feeling much better (certainly the spirits will benefit from a few bites of these moreish cookies :)!
Can’t wait to see the rest of what you’ll make for this month!

Isa December 2, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Hope your family recovers from that flue soon! And boy, you are one responsible TWD baker 🙂
The cookies look great.

Rachel December 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm

These look great–and I’m glad you thought they were easy! I am afraid of not having enough time for TWD during finals but it looks like I’ll be able to manage these…and that they’ll be a great study snack too! Thanks for the preview!

Di December 2, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Ooh, yummy. I’m looking forward to making these. I hope everyone is feeling better soon!

kim December 2, 2008 at 4:30 pm

they look so tasty!! i can’t wait to make them. hope the flu goes away soon!

Engineer Baker December 2, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Those look wonderful – I can’t wait to make them, but I think I’ll use raspberry jam. I agree that it’s nice to have the flexibility this month though, things are always hectic in December!

Amy December 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm

I can’t wait to try these next week! Yours look fabulous – so soft and moist looking!!


pinkstripes December 2, 2008 at 6:49 pm

I’ve made these. They are incredibly easy to bake. Yours look exactly like mine, so I know they are absolutely delicious. YUM!

Jess December 2, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Hope you’re all feeling better soon…these are a nice, easy cookie to start off the Christmas cookie season with. Yours look delicious!

What's for Supper? December 2, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Now I am excited to make these ones. I hope that everyone is feeling up to par soon. I hate it when my boys get sick.

Kimberly Johnson December 2, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Your cookies look fabulous! I’m looking forward to making these!

TeaLady December 2, 2008 at 10:12 pm

UUHH these look fantastic. I didn’t get to TWD this week. No time. Yummy!

steph- whisk/spoon December 2, 2008 at 10:32 pm

i bet i will love these! thanks for testing them out for all of us!

Carol Peterman December 3, 2008 at 12:11 am

I love the sneak-peek for next week’s recipe! They look fantastic. I bet you will really like the Linzer Sables when you make them. I made mine last night and I think there are only two cookies left.

Heather B December 3, 2008 at 12:40 am

I haven’t made these yet but I am so excited to hear that they are delicious! I’m glad you liked my pick! Your cookies look great!

Kayte December 3, 2008 at 12:50 am

Yours look so beautiful. It is fun to see what we get to make in two weeks…now I will be really excited to get to these! Hope you are all feeling better…no fun to be sick, is it? Great job on the cookies.

The Food Librarian December 3, 2008 at 2:39 am

Thanks for making these early and giving us a sneak peek!! These look fantastic. I want one NOW.

Natashya December 3, 2008 at 5:57 am

I love apricot jam in baked goods, so tasty. It is nice to see how a future recipe is going to look like.
They do look tasty, better put the kettle on!

Madam Chow December 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm

I didn’t know we could go out of order this month – that’s how busy I’VE been, so I can relate. It’s good to know that these are tasty.

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" December 3, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Mmmm, these look really light and tender – a nice contrast to the linzers. Yum!

Jacque December 3, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Mmmm, they’re so golden and pretty with the apricot jam. Nice work!

I made them already as well, but with cherry jam (still haven’t posted yet). I liked them too.

AmyRuth December 4, 2008 at 12:08 am

Can’t wait to make these ….right after I decorate the tree. yippee. I love ginger and apricot. Yours look so beautiful. Just the perfect golden tone. Yummy
Good Work! Hope everyone gets to feeling tops real soon

CB December 4, 2008 at 3:05 am

You rebel you! HAHA. Kinda cool to see the recipe early so I can learn from your baking experience. I was thinking I might opt out of this one only b/c the holidays are gonna start getting really busy for me but after seeing your picture I think its back on the baking to-do! PS. Get well soon!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Tracey December 4, 2008 at 4:28 am

Feel better soon! Your cookies look great. I look forward to making them later this month.

doughmesstic December 4, 2008 at 4:58 am

I am so glad you made these early. if YOU say they are good, then they are ood. Now I know I will make them.
Not missed a week??
You are a superwoman.

Peggy December 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm

I can’t wait to make these. They look delicious.

Mary Ann December 5, 2008 at 6:40 pm

I made these yesterday and they are really yummy- yours turned out perfect!

margot December 14, 2008 at 6:52 pm

I agree that it’s quite a treat to be able to post out of order this busy month. I’m so happy that you have given us a preview of this yummy-looking cookie!

Jess December 16, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Now I’m thinking that apricot jam really is the way to go with these (I used cherry and wasn’t thrilled). Nice job!

Carol Peterman December 17, 2008 at 1:47 am

Looking at your cookies makes me really want to eat these. Looking at my cookies, not so much.

Jaime December 18, 2008 at 2:31 am

i enjoyed these too…though it seems there was mixed opinions about these!

TeaLady December 20, 2008 at 10:41 pm

AAAHHH!!! Those look really yummy with the little pieces of apricot showing here and there. Very Nice!

LyB December 23, 2008 at 1:48 pm

I loved these little cookies so much. Yours look delicious Holly!

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