Our delicate, buttery sugar cookies partner deliciously with the sticky jam filling in these classic British favourites.
- Prep time 35 minutes
- Total time 1 hour & 45 minutes
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup raspberry strawberry or apricot jam
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons hot water (approx)
- 6 red glacé cherries quartered
In large bowl, beat butter with granulated sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and 1 tsp of the almond extract. In separate bowl, whisk flour with baking powder; stir into butter mixture just until combined. If necessary, knead gently to form smooth dough.
On lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to scant 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness. Using 1 1/2 to 1 3/4-inch (4 to 4.5 cm) round cookie cutter, cut out rounds, rerolling scraps as necessary. Arrange, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350°F (180°C) oven until bottoms are light golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.)
Spread rounded 1 tsp jam onto bottoms of half of the cookies; sandwich with remaining cookies, flat sides down.
In small bowl, whisk together icing sugar, remaining almond extract and enough hot water to make icing about the thickness of whipping cream; spread over tops of cookies. Top each cookie with cherry piece. Let stand until icing is dry, about 20 minutes. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
Tip from The Test Kitchen: These cookies are best made a day ahead so the jam and shiny almond glaze have time to set and soften the cookies.
Makes about 24 sandwich cookies.
Nutritional facts per sandwich cookie: about
- Sodium 36 mg
- Sugars 10 g
- Protein 1 g
- Calories 102.0
- Total fat 3 g
- Potassium 17 mg
- Cholesterol 14 mg
- Saturated fat 2 g
- Total carbohydrate 17 g
- Iron 4.0
- Folate 6.0
- Calcium 1.0
- Vitamin A 3.0
- Vitamin C 2.0