Jelly Tots

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Jelly Tots
Source: Joy of Cooking

Makes about: 24 cookies
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 5 min+18 minutes

These delicious jam cookies are not too sweet. The cookie itself is buttery and slightly crispy, which makes a nice contrast to the sweet and sticky jam.

½ cup sugar
½ cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
Jam of choice (I used raspberry)
Sugar for rolling

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare baking pan with parchment paper
2. Cream together butter and sugar
3. Mix in vanilla and eggs
4. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt.
5. Form dough into 1’’ balls.
6. Roll cookies in sugar (I skipped this step.)
7. Place balls on baking sheet and bake 5 minutes.
8. Remove balls from oven and use your finger (or the end of a utensil) to poke dents in the tops of the balls.
9. Scoop jam into the dents just created.
10. Return cookies to oven and bake another 8 minutes.
11. Enjoy!

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Austrian Raspberry Shortbread


Austrian Raspberry Shortbread
Source: Smitten Kitchen

Makes about: One 9×13 pan (if you make the full recipe) or one 9×3 loaf pan (if you make the quarter recipe)
Prep time: 2.5 hours (most of which is freezing the dough)
Bake time: 50-60 minutes

These shortbreads where very fluffy and light, just as was promised. They are efinitely one of the more delicious shortbread cookies I’ve made, and worth the extra effort to grate the dough. Make sure the dough is fully frozen before trying to grate (or else it will crumble)

Quarter recipe (9×3 loaf pan)
1 stick butter
1 egg yolk
½ cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/16 tsp salt (or, a dash)
¼ tsp vanilla extract or lemon zest (optional)
¼ cup raspberry jam (I used ½ cup; this seems to depend on how much jam you like in your cookies)
Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Full recipe (9×13 pan)
4 sticks butter
4 egg yolks
2 cups sugar
4 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract or lemon zest
1 cup raspberry jam

Special equipment
Freezer, box grater.

1. Cream butter.
2. Add in egg yolk (s).
3. Mix in sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla extract or lemon zest.
4. Divide dough into 2 balls. Freeze for at least 2 hours until the dough is hard enough to grate.
5. When you’re ready to grate the dough, preheat oven to 350F.
6. Grate 1 ball of dough over pan the pan. Don’t press the dough threads down.
7. Pipe jam over surface of grated dough. (Put jam in a plastic ziploc bag and cut a hole in the corner to improvise a piping bag).
8. Grate other half of dough over the jam.
9. Bake 50-60 minutes, or until top is golden brown and the dough no longer jiggles.
10. Let cool, dust with confectioner’s sugar
11. Enjoy!