jam-jams – good for the soul

February 18, 2013

Several people have asked me for more savoury posts – more main courses – and more vegan dishes. I even promised a dear friend that I’d post an entire vegan dinner party menu.

So there’s absolutely no excuse for what I am about to post.  Except that, I had leftover sugar cookie dough and leftover icing from my Valentine’s Day post – “the Grinch that stole Valentine’s Day.”

Between the leftover dough and the fact that it’s Family Day in Ontario – an odd little holiday that we celebrate in four of the ten provinces (and none of the three territories) in Canada – I decided to make Jam-Jams.  They seem kind of fitting somehow.  They’re old-fashioned, sweet, and comforting – the kind of thing everyone’s mother made. They’re irresistible. They’re good for the soul.

Luckily for me, my youngest daughter came home last night to sleep over and have Family Day breakfast with me this morning before I returned her to university. I sent her home with a box of Jam-Jams. They made us both smile.

For the recipe – click here.  Just roll your Jam-Jams a wee bit thinner than you would roll normal sugar cookies. Cut them however you like but a circle is traditional. When cool – sandwich them together with raspberry jam and frost the tops.

Coming soon – I promise – more savoury posts, more vegan dishes, NO more sugar cookies.


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  • Reply johnnysenough hepburn February 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Haven’t had anything like this in years! So much fun, especially when we were allowed to use up scraps and make our own, without the frosting on top.

  • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen February 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    What no frosting! Sacrilege! Poor you! Come to Canada – we’ll show you a proper Jam-Jam. 😉

  • Reply apuginthekitchen February 18, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Love the idea of a family day holiday! Never heard of jam jams but I like what I see. They are beautiful and what a great way to re purpose the sugar cookies dough!! Happy Family Day!

  • Reply Food and Forage Hebrides February 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    These take me back, my other half would love these. I’m a savoury fan, trying to balance savoury and sweet in my blog isn’t easy – so look forward to your savoury recipes – including the vegan banquet 🙂

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen February 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      hi Tracey! They take me back too. So old-fashioned. And yes – agree absolutely about trying to get the balance between sweet and savoury. Like a metaphor for life…

  • Reply Elly February 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    SO YUMMY! Love these! I’ve already eaten more than I should have from the ones you gave me!

    PS. Please give Pookie my love tonight – I feel so bad leaving him every time!! 🙁

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen February 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Cranky old Pookie is eating the potted palm and chasing Lola. Enjoy your Jam-Jams!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Reply ersand February 18, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Both these cookies and your heart ones are so pretty! Love that pink!

  • Reply Jennifer Smeltzer February 19, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Cannot wait to make these with my girls!! Sounds yummy!! Does Lola like them??

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen February 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

      That’s funny! Lola had a tiny corner of one. She liked it a lot. But I had to explain to her that dogs don’t really eat Jam-Jams…

  • Reply bentodays February 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    These look yummy! My children would love spreading the jam and frosting.

  • Reply petit4chocolatier February 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    These are beautiful!!

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen February 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks – they’re kind of charming in their old-fashioned-ness. [I wonder if that’s a word?!]

  • Reply Tonette Joyce February 26, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    They ARE gorgeous! “Family Day”? Sounds nice.A second Thanksgiving almost, but quieter?

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen February 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Tonette – and yes – I suppose Family Day might become like a second Thanksgiving but quieter. We don’t really know what to make of it yet!

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