If you follow my baking blog, At the Baker's Bench, you know that I'm just coming off a 12-day cookie bender. Still, TWD is TWD and I missed last week's, so I made room in my freezer for another batch of cookies and put my butter on the countertop to soften.
I'm not sure exactly what I expected from these Buttery Jam Cookies, but whatever it was, the resulting cookie wasn't it. I suppose I expected a short-bread-type cookie, something sandier and firmer. I was surprised by the cakey texture of these. But that's not to say I didn't like them. I like a cakey, not-too-sweet cookie to have with coffee or to serve with ice cream, and these fit the bill.
I did feel that they were a little bit dry to serve as is, though. This was a snap to fix with a little dip into some easy butter icing.
I used cherry preserves to make these cookies, and I was very pleased with the result. To add a bit of yum, I swirled the tops of these in some orange-butter icing* and sprinkled them with red decorator's sugar. The combination of cherry plus ginger plus orange is a good one, I think.
The verdict on these was split. Some of my testers loved them, others quibbled with the texture and/or the flavor. Personally, I liked these, and they're easy enough to make again, so I plan to experiment with different flavors of jam and preserves.
If you'd like to make these for yourself, you can find the recipe on page 80 of Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours. Or, you can find it here, courtesy of these week's hostess, Heather of Randomosity and the Girl.
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*To make the orange-butter icing, I melted 1 tablespoon butter and mixed in about 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar, 1/2 teaspoon heavy cream, and a few drops of orange flavoring oil (not extract ~ I use Oetker's brand). Stir with a fork until smooth and spreadable. If it's too liquid to stay atop your cookies, add more confectioners' sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. If it's too thick, thin with additional heavy cream, 1/2 teaspoon at a time. Store leftovers in the fridge and rewarm to use again.