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Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #50 and Jammy Cookies

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There’s something wholesome about a cookie with fruit in it.

Maybe that’s because we don’t expect a cookie to have anything healthy in it. It’s a cookie, right? It’s supposed to be an indulgence, a free pass on the diet board of life, like a candy bar or piece of cake.

So what place does fruit have in a cookie?

Well, let’s take a more holistic view of the situation. Pie has fruit in it, right? So do cobblers, trifles, even some cakes. Fruit is good in desserts of all sorts, adding not only flavor but nutrients and texture as well.

So why not in a cookie?

Why not, indeed! These Jammy Cookies give you a chance to experiment with adding fruit flavors and textures to your cookies. You start by rolling out a shortbread-like dough then add fruit jam to the middle, fold, flip and bake. Try different kinds of jam until you get the one that suits your taste the best.

It’s an experiment–fruit in a cookie: what a novel idea!

homemade berry newton

Jammy Cookies

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons honey

1 egg white

2/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup jam of your choice

homemade fig newtons

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat, and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and granulated sugar. Add the vanilla, honey, and egg white, and beat ingredients until well incorporated. Slowly mix in the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda until ingredients come together and form a dough. The dough will be wet.

Lightly dust the surface of your counter. Knead the dough a few times until it comes into a ball. Roll the dough into a rectangle, about 3 inches wide and 10 inches long. Spread your jam in the middle of the dough, making sure to leave about an inch border on each side. Fold each side of dough over the jam. Press dough together at the fold.

Gently lift the cookie (I had to use a spatula) and place fold side down on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until dough just begins to turn golden brown. Remove the cookie from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Using a sharp knife, cut into 10 equal pieces. Place the cookies on a plate and refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Makes 10 cookies.

homemade fig newton

{Adapted from Skinny Girl Standard}

Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #50, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #50, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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