I thought I would pay homage to my first recipe post of 2014 (oh, those delicious Cranberry Orange Scones..), by making a homemade Cranberry-Orange Jam. I then proceeded to stuff it into cookies. And, let it be known, that is how Jamdoodles were born.
Adapted from Martha Stewart's Snickerdoodle recipe
Yields about 20-24 cookies
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
jam (see my Cranberry-Orange Jam recipe below, or any jam of your preference)
cinnamon sugar (2 Tbsp sugar + 2 tsp ground cinnamon)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Whisk together all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, to butter-sugar mixture at medium speed. Scrape down bowl and paddle with spatula and mix again until well combined.
5. Add dry ingredients to the bowl of the stand mixer. Mix on stir speed until it there is no more visible "dry". Use spatula to scrape down bowl and paddle and finish mixing until dough looks cohesive.
6. Onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, use a cookie scoop to dish out portions of dough-- I use a rounded 1" scoop.
7. Make a deep well in each rounded portion of dough. Insert a dollop of jam. Then, carefully seal the dough back up so the jam is enclosed. Round it back out into a rough dough ball form. This takes some technique and practice. You will find a way that works for you.
8. Roll each ball of dough into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place back onto the cookie sheet. Space each portion about 2 inches apart on the sheet.
9. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes. Then the cookies can be transferred to a cooling rack to cool further.
10. Eat right away or store in an airtight container. For optimal freshness, I would recommend eating within 3 days.
I may be partial to my homemade Cranberry-Orange Jam, but this cookie has the perfect combination of everything-- tart, sweet, spicy, chewy. It's a twist on the traditional snickerdoodle, which I absolutely love. It reminds me of a jelly doughnut in cookie form. Basically, you need these in your life.
Regretfully, I don't stuff my cookies often. However, when I do, they definitely don't disappoint. Remember these gems? And OMG, these.
1 lb (16 oz.) frozen cranberries
2 cups white granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp fresh orange zest
2 tsp freshly-squeezed orange juice
1. In a saucepan, combine cranberries and sugar. Heat on medium-high, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved.
2. Transfer cranberry mixture to a high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix) and blend on high until berries are completely pulverized.
3. Return mixture to saucepan and place on medium heat. Add orange zest and juice.
4. Stir frequently until jam thickens-- it should coat the back of the spoon without sliding off.
5. Remove from heat, allow to cool to room temperature. If not using right away, transfer to a sanitized jar or airtight container once cooled. Can be stored in the refrigerator for several months.