Old Fashioned Honey Drop Jam-Jams Cookie Recipe
My Grandmother has made these cookies for as long as I can remember. The honey-sweetness paired with the tangy zip of jam makes this the perfect afternoon snack with tea! Or coffee. Or booze. Really, these are amazing with any bevvie - I shouldn't discriminate.
1 cup soft shortening (or half shortening, half margarine/butter for added richness)
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup liquid honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups white flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Jam or jelly of your choice (I used seedless raspberry jam)
Yield: 3 dozen jam-jams or 6 dozen cookies if you leave them plain
Cream fats, brown sugar, and eggs together until smooth. Stir in honey and vanilla for a light, almost whipped texture (below left).
Sift flour and baking soda together, add to the wet mixture. Blend thoroughly and then cover with cling wrap and refrigerate overnight. I have no idea why this is important, but it's my grandma's recipe and she's the boss.
Roll into balls, dusting your hands with flour occasionally if the batter sticks. These cookies spread a fair bit, so I experimented with both walnut- and acorn-sized balls on separate baking sheets. The walnut size will come out about 2 inches in diameter; the acorn size just over 1 inch in diameter.
Bake 10 mins at 350F (180C) to a gorgeous golden colour. It's best to err a little on the underdone side in order to be sure you don't overbake.
Spread the underside of one cookie with a small quantity of jam and then top with a second cookie to create a little sandwich. I used seedless raspberry jam but you can use any jam you wish. The cookies have a deliciously sweet honey flavour, so I prefer a jam that has a little kick - apricot, gooseberry, blackberry, raspberry, or orange (marmalade) rather than strawberry, apple, or grape for example. You also want to avoid jams with large blobs of fruit.
Tip: feel free to enjoy these cookies without jam if you prefer!
Attempt to hide, freeze or quickly scarf down these cookies before anyone comes home. The cozy honey aroma will draw people from far and wide to sample these goodies!
So all last week we tantalized you with recipes from our Chicks' kitchens, and now it's your turn to tell us which cookie recipe caught your eye, including some highlights from our recipe archive!
Candy Canes, Candy Cane Shortbread, Cherry Shortbread, Chocolate Coconut Oat Balls...
Chocolate Heart Attacks, Gingerbreadmen, Honey Drop Jam-Jams, Kris Kringles...
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, or Snickerdoodles?
There is no right or wrong answer: simply cast your vote on which cookie recipe you would most like to try in your kitchen, and we'll randomly draw a winner from all entries. Readysetgo!
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The candy canes look so cute! Definitely inspiring me to do some holiday baking! :)
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies sound very worth while trying!
these look so good! I know I have a new jar of mango jam in the cupboard... might have to make these!
I concur, pumpkin whoopie pies, like there's a second choice.
Well any cookie that could give you a heart attack because they are soo good... I would have to try the Chocolate Heart Attacks...
Pumpkin Woopie Pies
chocolate heart attack. all the way. on everything. always. :)
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