Dessert

Jelly Jammers

“Today I will live in the moment, unless it’s unpleasant in which case I will eat a cookie!” – Cookie Monster 

These cookies definitely have an actual name – google Linzer Tarts and these will come up. However, I don’t think that name is super descriptive and honestly sounds kindof gross. Hence, here’s how to make some dairy free jelly jammers.

Totally swap out the flavor jelly I used if you’re not into raspberry – I just wanted something sweet and couldn’t find strawberry at Walmart! (Peace love grocery shopping in rural Virginia)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/4 cups dairy free butter, softened
  • 2/3 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 ground almonds (ok I don’t own a food processor at school but life hack: sliced almonds in a blender works!!!! It’s just super loud)
  • 5 tbsp raspberry jam 
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cups confectioner’s sugar for decoration (optional)

STEPS:

  1. Beat butter and sugar together (or just stir quickly with a fork if you have limited tools) and stir in 1/2 cup flour, cinnamon, and almonds. Mix in the rest of the flour slowly, pouring 1/2 cup at time. 
  2. Shape the dough into a large ball, and split in half into 2 equal sizes balls. Wrap each ball with plastic wrap and throw in the fridge for 20 minutes (maybe as you clean up a little from the ground almonds everywhere…)
  3. Preheat oven to 325F. 
  4. Roll out one ball thin onto a floured countertop. Cut as many circles (or stars, flowers, whatever, as long as it’s about 2 inches) as you can in the dough and lay them out onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. 
  5. Repeat the process with the other half of dough using the same cookie cutter and creating the same number of cookies. However, you need a little hole in these ones. I used a water bottle cap to get the perfect circle on mine, but any smaller round cookie cutter would work.
  6. Bake all of the cookies for 10 minutes until they’re a little golden on the edges. Remove from the oven, and spread the jam on the non-hole cookies. Then, stick the open cookie on top, treating the jam like a glue.
  7. Powder confectioner’s sugar on top if you’re feeling ~fancy~ or are trying to make people think you’re a pro. (You are, don’t worry.)
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