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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.50 / 5 (174 votes)

Prep time:
15 min, plus 30 minutes chilling
Cook time:
10 min
Makes about 35 cookies

These jam cookies are the perfect nibble to serve with coffee - the icing sugar is a lovely finish


1. Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4.

2. Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the sugar, vanilla extract, lemon zest, egg yolks and butter. Mix with an electric food mixer or a wooden spoon until it comes together as a dough. Remove from the bowl and flatten with a rolling pin or the palm of your hand to about 2cm (3/4in) thick. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

3. Remove the dough from the fridge and place on a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough out to about 5mm (1/4in) thick.

4. Using a 6cm plain biscuit cutter, cut the dough into discs.

5. Take half the discs, and using either a plain or flower-shaped 3cm (1 1/4in) cutter, cut holes from the centre. Bring the scraps together and roll out to make more discs, and cut holes in the centre of these. You should end up with about 35 whole discs and 35 discs with the centres cut out.

6. Place the discs on baking trays (you will need a few baking trays) and bake for 8-10 minutes until pale golden. Allow to stand for a few minutes, then remove from the trays and transfer to wire racks to cool.

7. When the discs are cool, spread 1/2-1 teaspoon of jam on the whole discs and top with the discs with the centres cut out.

8. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

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Latest Comment


they were really nice xxx

amyS11319 amyS11319  Posted 29 Apr 2012 3:58 PM

sounds really nice, i'll try it but i'll haf 2 hav my mum helping as i'm 9 turning 10

ChloeU28290 ChloeU28290  Posted 27 Apr 2011 8:42 PM

well i am going to bake these with my daughter an neice on wednesday so i will let you know how i get on with pics x

nikki07 nikki07  Posted 14 Feb 2011 2:34 PM


BlissG71745 BlissG71745 Posted 19 Dec 2010 1:07 PM

As Usual AWESOME!!!!!!!! Smile I love Rachel Allen recipes as they are simple to make. This cookie recipe is really good, however, the real taste depends on the quality of jam used. So, i recommend one of Rachel's raspberry jam or Jamie Oliver's strawberry jam to go with. Also, I reduced the size of the cookies to make it easier to bake (lesser trays needed),look better on dessert trays, and easier to eat! These are a sure hit!

manjiriJ99492 manjiriJ99492 Posted 20 Nov 2009 2:23 PM