Dec 9, 2008

Bring on the cookies!

Jam filled shortbread cookiesThese cookies are best when you let them sit for few days in an airtight container, or a plastic bag. They get softer/chewier, and are sooooooo delicious! Don’t be afraid to put more jam than I did, it is sticky, but after they sit for 2 days the jam hardens, and you will regret you didn’t put more : )

Jam filled shortbread cookies

500 g flour
250 g sugar
300 g vegetable shortening
2 eggs
1 Tsp vanilla extract
2 Tsp baking powder
50 g dark chocolate, melted and cooled a bit
Raspberry jam for filling (or any other, but this one works the best)

Mix flour, vegetable shortening, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and baking powder, and work the dough for at least 7-8 minutes, to get it smooth and workable. Then divide into two, and add melted, slightly cooled chocolate to one half, and mix and incorporate it well.

Roll out each dough to a ¼ inch thickness, and cut out cookies with cookie cutters. Bake each batch for about 7-8 minutes or longer @ 375 F, just don’t over bake them, white ones should still remain fairly white. Once all are baked, sandwich them with jam. Use one chocolate cookie, one vanilla, and raspberry jam, about 1 ½ Tsp of jam for each. Don’t press too hard.

Store in an airtight container or Ziploc type bag for few days. You can also dip the edges in melted milk chocolate after they sat for few days, if it's too much work all at once :)

Jam filled shortbread cookiesTip: I would suggest making plain old round cookies as it is a bit challenging to lift them off the work surface and transfer to a cookie sheet in delicate shapes.

18 comments:

HoneyB said...

Your cookies look wonderful! I love how you've dipped in chocolate~!

nlo said...

divno izgledaju!

SweetSensation said...

vidim da je božićna cookie mania i kod tebe počela :) keksići su odlični!

Debbie said...

I love raspberry jam filled cookies! I agree to let them sit for a day or so and they get better!

Dani said...

sounds delicious :)

Marija said...

They look and sound wonderful!

I love the atmosphere on your photos. Wintery, sweet colors! Just beautiful!

Medena said...

:) Thank you ladies!
Marija - My photos are results of your tips, thanks :)

duodishes said...

Quite beautiful photos! We definitely have to try these.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They are picture perfect! Wow!

Cheers,

Rosa

farida said...

I am a big fan of jam filled cookies, but I rarely make them, and I don't know why. Your cookies look so good. Lovely picture too!

Vera said...

Savrseno i pedantno!

Eileen said...

Nothing beats a shortbread cookie.

julie said...

those cookies look delic!

nicisme said...

Another beauty for sure!

miri said...

Wonderful looking cookies, Medena! I love how you dipped them in the chocolate!

RecipeGirl said...

So cute! I just love shortbread cookies, and filling them with jam makes them that much better.

jane said...

lovely! this might be a stupid question, but i am not a cookie expert, just wondering how you dipped them in chocolate to form a perfect square. is it some kind of tool that you used? thanks!

Medena said...

Thank you all again for wonderful comments; I truly enjoy reading them!

Jane - no question is stupid---actually I haven't done anything special, just dipped each of the four sides in chocolate. With first cookie, once I have dipped the two sides, I saw it formed perfect lines, so I just continued dipping. Nothing special, just accident! :)Thank you for visiting!

 
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