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Empire Cookies
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Empire Cookies

Our delicate, buttery sugar cookies partner deliciously with the sticky jam filling in these classic British favourites.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2015

Recipe3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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  • Prep time 35 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Portion size about 24 sandwich cookies


  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupbutter, softened
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupgranulated sugar
  • 1 1eggeggs
  • 1-1/4 tsp 1-1/4tspalmond extract or vanilla
  • 2 cups 2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp 1tspbaking powder
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupraspberry, strawberry or apricot jam
  • 1 cup 1cupicing sugar
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsphot water (approx)
  • 6 6red glacé cherries, quartered
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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.

Nutritional Information per sandwich cookie: about

cal 102 pro 1g total fat 3g sat. fat 2g
carb 17g sugar 10g chol 14mg sodium 36mg
potassium 17mg


calcium 1 iron 4 vit A 3 vit C 2
folate 6
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