Tuesday, December 02, 2008

TWD: Buttery Jam Cookies (Surprise!)

This is an interesting month for the TWD crowd. We've been given permission to make the December picks out of order! I know!

This one sounded yummy, and, to be frank, didn't require much effort on my part. My kind of cookie! After the food fest that was Thanksgiving, I needed a little bit of a break.

This was an easy cookie to make. The ingredients are all things I have on hand. Before I read the recipe, I was expecting this to be more like a thumbprint cookie. But, the jam gets mixed into the dough. I used a home-made cherry jam. (recipe here) It's a drop cookie, which was just right for my energy level. Instead of milk, I substituted egg nog. It's what I had, and I thought it might add an interesting taste note. There is also a touch of ground ginger in the recipe.

Look! Real cherries!


The dough was fantastic. The cookies, while they were warm were "eh". It was a good butter cookie, but there was no real flavor to it. I couldn't taste cherry, ginger, or egg nog. A few hours later, however, I had a change of heart. These are some pretty tasty cookies. The fruity flavor stands out a little more. The egg nog and ginger add a richness that really complements the fruit.

These are chewy cookies, and they just keep getting better with age. I would definitely make these again. I'm interested to try other jam flavors and see how they turn out.

Not the prettiest cookie I've ever made...



Heather of Randomosity and the Girl chose this recipe. Next week I'll have another of the December recipes. It's a mystery!

22 comments:

Cristine said...

YUM! I made these over the weekend (well, I made all 3 TWD cookies for December) and I enjoyed them! Yours sound fantastic with egg nog!

Peggy said...

Oh I can't wait to make these after reading about yours! Be sure to make the Linzer Sables though. They are great and so easy to make. Your cookies look great.

Sabrina said...

Way to mix it up! i bet they are yummy!

chocolatechic said...

I can't wait to try these.

They look wonderful

Cathy said...

Egg nog in the batter! My word, your cookies are like a 2 inch stand-alone Christmas party! I am so glad that you enjoyed them, and it will be fun to have your post in my head for when I get around to making them!

Karen said...

I can't wait to make these! Glad to know they get better the longer they are out!

Engineer Baker said...

I'll have to remember that they're better after a little bit of time - I generally want to eat cookies right out of the oven! Egg nog and cherry jam sound like a wonderful combo.

kim said...

yum, egg nog and homemade cherry jam! sounds delish. i'm looking forward to trying these :)

Flourchild said...

Love eggnog! Im glad you liked them, they look great.

pinkstripes said...

Homemade cherry jam. WOW! I agree, these are very easy cookies to make--no rolling out or chilling.

What's for Supper? said...

Now I am excited to make these!

Tammy said...

oooh, I am looking forward to making these!

Kayte said...

Well, they look nice...you did a good job of making them sound and look appealing...it will be fun to try this recipe...and I am so going to want eggnog and cherries.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looking forward to making this one. glad you tested them out for me! :)

Carol Peterman said...

Next week's going to be tasty!

Heather B said...

yay! I'm glad you liked them! I wanted to pick something quick and easy since the holidays can be hectic. I haven't made them yet so I'm happy to see they are delicious!

The Food Librarian said...

Thanks for the great preview! Love the egg nog addition!!

Linda said...

I'm looking forward to making these--- so glad to you went out of order to share. And that homemade cherry jam sounds sooo yummy!

Rebecca said...

So these get better with time? Maybe I'll make them this morning and eat them during the Christmas special tonight. Yum.

ostwestwind said...

I agree, I can't wait to try these, but next week I have to bake my pick ;-)

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Maya said...

I will be making these tonight!

n.o.e said...

We made these at Thanksgiving and they have been very popular. They kind of sneak up and surprise you. The cherry jam sounds great. And so does the egg nog. hmm, and the ginger. Great job all around!
Nancy