Raspberry Jam Strips

Always a holiday favorite in our family, these cookies look much fancier than they actually are.  I whipped some up for a holiday cookie exchange that I hosted last night, and I think they went over pretty well! There are none left, so I guess that’s a good sign. This is a recipe that my mom has had for many years, so I’m not sure where it first came from. I did do a little  research on the web to see if I could find the original source, but all the recipes I found were just a bit different than this one.

Cookie Ingredients:

1 cup softened butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup raspberry jam (mom swears by Smucker’s raspberry preserves)

1.  Mix butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl using an electric mixer.

2. Mix in flour and baking powder.

3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least a few hours, although over night is fine.

4. Once chilled, divide dough into 8 equal parts. Shape each part into a round strip, about 8 inches long by 1/2 in wide, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

5. Press each roll down a little, but do not flatten. Use the floured  handle of a wooden spoon, and make a slight indentation down the center of each strip.

6. Fill each indentation with about 1 1/2 tsp of jam. If you add too much, it will run over the side.

7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, at 350°F, until edges just start to turn light tan.

8. Let cookies cool for a minute or two on the pan, until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack. This will probably be a two spatula job! Read on for glazing instructions.

Glaze Ingredients:

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp almond extract

2-3 tsp water

1.  Combine ingredients and stir, until glaze forms. It needs to be runny enough to drizzle from a spoon. Add more water if needed until it reaches that consistency, but add it very slowly as it doesn’t take much and you don’t want to over-do it.  Drizzle over cookies while still warm, but not hot.

2. Cut diagonally in 1 inch pieces once cool.

3. Impress people with your baking skills!

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10 thoughts on “Raspberry Jam Strips

  1. I so enjoy getting all these blogs through your mother. What talent and you make everything to appear so easy which I know is not always the case. Please keep up the work love to receive them. I have enjoyed the strips. Thanks Brenda

  2. I miss these so, so much. And you and your Mom, of course!!!

    If I don’t get to see you all and tell you in person, I hope you and your Mom (and Ad and Skelly!) have a very Merry Christmas 🙂

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