Apricot Almond Jammie Dodgers


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Apricot Almond Jammie Dodgers
Apricot Almond Jammie Dodgers
If you are looking for a perfect cookie to enjoy with a calming cup of tea, this may be the best choice yet. I've added finely ground almonds and almond extract to the buttery cookie dough from our original version of Homemade Jammie Dodgers to add an extra flavor dimension to these delicious cookies. Regular readers of Rock Recipes will undoubtedly know that I have a particular fondness for all things apricot and the almond flavor of these cookies is particularly delicious with apricot jam. Truthfully though, you could substitute any favorite high quality or homemade jam in this recipe; raspberry, blackberry and plum are excellent choices.

Using Christmas cookie cutters is an easy way to add a festive touch to these cookies for the Holidays.


Apricot Almond Jammie Dodgers

Recipe by Barry C. Parsons
A tasty twist on a homemade version of the United Kingdom's favorite cookie. Ground almonds in the cookie dough pair perfectly with the sweet apricot jam but if apricot's not your favorite flavor, any good quality jam can be substituted.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 12-14 large 3 inch cookies

Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup finely ground almonds
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp cold butter, cut in cubes
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 12-14 rounded tsp homemade or good quality apricot jam
Directions
  1. Sift together the flour, icing sugar, salt and ground almonds. Set aside.
  2. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers until it is well incorporated and the mixture becomes crumbly, like a coarse meal.
  3. Whisk together the egg yolks, vanilla and almond extracts.
  4. Add to the crumbly dry mixture and mix in until a soft dough forms.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least a half hour. Roll the dough out between two pieces of lightly floured parchment paper to about 1/8 of an inch thick.
  6. Cut out cookies using a 3 inch cutter and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Cut circles or hearts or whatever shape you like out of the centers of half of the cookies.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 - 20 minutes, just until they start to brown slightly at the bottom edges but are still very pale.
  9. Remove from the oven and spoon 1 rounded teaspoon of apricot jam (or your favorite jam) onto the middle of the bottom halves of the cookies and spread out only slightly to about 3/4 of an inch from the edge of the cookie. Carefully lay the top halves of the cookies onto the jam and press down lightly.
  10. Return to the oven for an additional 5 to 6 minutes. This will heat up the jam to a point where it will stick the two cookie halves together.
  11. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Store in airtight containers.

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