Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Homemade Jammy Dodgers

Jammy dodgers

When I was trying to think of fun things to do with all the jam I've made this summer, jammy dodgers sprung instantly to mind. This is a classic of the British biscuit tin. What other biscuit gives you the opportunity to include jam and buttercream?

I used a basic sugar cookie recipe for the biscuits (although shortbread is more traditional), and buttercream sandwiched with homemade strawberry jam for the filling.

They were really very sweet (one was enough), but I'm not complaining!

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Jammy dodgers

Homemade Jammy Dodgers
Makes approx. 30

240g (1 cup, 2 US sticks) butter
220g (1 cup) caster sugar
1 egg
1tsp vanilla bean paste
450g (3 cups) plain flour
1tsp baking powder

For the filling:
100g butter
200g icing sugar
1tsp vanilla essence
strawberry jam

  1. Keep your butter out of the fridge before making this recipe, as it will be easier to work at room temperature.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar for the cookies.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla until fluffy.
  4. Sift in the flour one cup (150g) at a time, adding the baking powder along with the first cup.
  5. Knead together until all the ingredients are combined into a smooth dough.
  6. Chill the dough in the fridge for around an hour.
  7. Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F).
  8. Make the buttercream by gradually adding icing sugar to the butter. Stir in the vanilla essence.
  9. Cut the dough into workable pieces (I did ¼ at a time) and roll out to about 3mm thick.
  10. Using a 5cm (2in) round pastry cutter, cut circles from the dough.
  11. Peel away the extra dough and then gently lift the circles onto a parchment-lined baking tray, being careful not to stretch them out of shape. You don't need to leave much space between the rounds as they shouldn't spread in the oven.
  12. Punch decorative holes in the middle of half of the cookies using a smaller, shaped cutter.
  13. Once you've filled a tray, pop it in the freezer for five minutes to chill the dough.
  14. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the biscuits are just starting to show a hint of golden-brown.
  15. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes on the tray before lifting onto a cooling rack. You may need to gently slide a sharp knife under each cookie to loosen it from the parchment.
  16. Once the cookies are all baked and cooled, it's time to fill them with jam and buttercream. First, spread a little buttercream on a non-decorative cookie. Top this with a layer of jam, and sandwich a decorated cookie on top so the jam shows through the hole.


Rachel said...

I think I'd prefer to have one, really good Jammy Dodger, rather than several of the rather underwhelming ones I remember from school, so the idea of your home-made ones is just wonderful!

Tabor said...

These looks delicious. Can I add some cinnamon? Trying to use that up.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

They look really good!

Subha Subramanian said...

never heard this dodger before.this looks wonderful.Love to try this.

A Cuban In London said...

I discovered jammy dodgers here in Britain and I can't get enough of them. Love them. Thanks for such a yummy post.

Greetings from London.

Lavender and Lime ( said...

these look like a perfect tea time treat!

Anonymous said...

such pretty jammy dodgers...want to have some now :-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, I so want one!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

LOL I don't care what the cookies are like - with a name like jammy dodgers I have to have them!

Rebecca Subbiah said...

so much fun one of my favs

Virtually Vegan Mama said...

I've always wanted to try and make these and you make it sound so easy! I'm going to have to try this!


Charlotte Klein said...

These remind me so much of linzer tort cookies. Have never baked with vanilla bean paste; I'll have to add it to my arsenal!

Charlotte Klein said...

OH! And meant to ask how your traditional Thanksgiving was?! Did you have a nice holiday??

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