Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Jam Filled Delights

First off I need to announce that this is my 100th blog entry. I had always hoped to make some delicious ooey gooey chocolaty cake for my 100th post but it snuck up on me and I sure do not want to wait around to post anything until I find the time to make a cake. So here is my 100th entry celebration cookies. HeHe :)

This is yet another item that I will be adding to my goodie trays that I will be passing out over the weekend. I had some leftover blackberry jam from making the chocolate tart with candied cranberries over the weekend and I knew that it would just go to waste if I did not find something to do with it. These were a breeze to make and cooled very quickly too. I followed the instructions for the cookie but went a different route to decorate them. The orignal recipe says it yields 2 dozen cookies but I was able to get a couple more out of the dough resulting in 26 cookies.

Empire Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup raspberry jam
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon hot water
1/4 cup candied cherries, chopped

- Cream butter. Add sugar, creaming well. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 2 inch rounds, and place on ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes, or until very lightly browned at edges. Cool thoroughly.
Spread half of the cookies with jam, and top with remaining cookies.
- Combine confectioners' sugar, almond extract, and enough hot water to make a thin icing. Frost tops of cookies. Top each with a small piece of candied cherry.


Anonymous said...

YUMMMMY! I love jam filled anything!

Anonymous said...

Oooh these are on my list to make over the next couple of days, only it's an old recipe from my grandmother. We'll have to see how they compare!

Anonymous said...

congrats on your 100th!

Anonymous said...

congrats on your 100th!

Jessica said...

These look so good!!

Congrats on the 100th :)

Jaime said...

i love anything with fruit preserves in them... these look amazing! oh, and congrats on your 100th post! i am not too far behind you :)

Deborah said...

Happy 100th!