Jam Drops also known as the Best Thumbprint Cookies, can be baked any day of the year and my Jam Drop biscuits are one of a selection I make for Easy Bake Christmas cookies
At Christmas time I push red glace cherry halves into the cookie instead of jam and they are so bright and colourful and then you can add the contrast colour of green glace cherry halves great Home baked cookie gift idea.
Jam Drop cookies or Thumb Print Cookies are called this because on your circles of cookie dough you press an indent with your thumb, (if looking for a more hygienic way use a cork) and fill these indents with your favourite Jam or filling
Jam Drops Easy Recipe Ingredients
2 cups All-Purpose/ SR Flour (sifted)
3/4 cup Granulated sugar/Caster Sugar
1/2 cup Softened Butter or Margarine
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
1/2 Cup favourite Jam/filling
If baking for Christmas
Red Glace Cherries
Green Glace Cherries
Jam Drops Easy Recipe Method
Makes approximately 30
Turn on your oven360 F, 180 C , 160 Fan Forced
Prepare 2 baking trays, I like to add a baking paper to mine.
Beat Butter and Sugar, to a cream
Add Eggs one at a time and beat well.
Add the teaspoon of Vanilla Essence.
Add your flour a little at a time
Mix well until the dough is stiff.
Take pinches of your dough and roll into balls
Place onto your greased or baking paper lined baking trays
The mixture spreads so leave about 2 finger widths apart
Press your indents into the cookie balls
Fill with about 1/2 teaspoon of jam
If using the red or green Glace Cherries no indents needed for this method place a half cherry into the middle of your cookie balls.
Bake in your pre-heated oven 15-20 minutes
After about 10 minutes swap your trays around in the oven until they are all baked golden brown.
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Finally I baked The Best Gingerbread Men, after three failures with previous gingerbread cookie dough mixes,this is the one that worked for me. You know what it’s like when you are baking for Christmas especially if the gingerbread Men like other Christmas cookies are going to be a Christmas Baking Gift. They need to be great to look at.
The Best Gingerbread Men
What makes the Best Gingerbread Men recipes, for me it is the Golden Syrup and the Ginger spice. If you have other sweet spices that you really like such as Allspice and Cinnamon add a teaspoon or so, I have always been known to ad lib with recipes.
Chilling Gingerbread Dough
Although not stated in the recipe you will work with your dough better if you chill it,but this is entirely up to you. You can chill overnight and then get a head start in the morning or place in the fridge 1-3 hours.This is because Gingerbread Cookie dough is quite sticky.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap,then flatten into a circle, smooth out and chill,when you remove the dough to cut out your shapes it is nice and easy to start rolling with the circle.
ROLLING THE GINGERBREAD DOUGH
Flour your work surface or board, your rolling pin and your hands and roll to about a 1/4 inch thick. Should you find the dough becomes a little sticky just sprinkle a little more flour.
You can freeze Gingerbread dough, I have a girlfriend who makes lots of Gingerbread houses and prepares mountains of dough about late October.
Recipe Gingerbread men Dough
350g (12 oz) Plain Flour
5 gm (level tsp ) Bicarbonate of soda
10 gm ( 2 level tsp) ground ginger
100g (4 oz) butter or block margarine
175g ( 6 oz) Raw Sugar
60 gm ( 4 level tbsp ) Golden Syrup
1 egg beaten
Raw sugar to decorate ( Tip: sprinkle an extra layer of sugar on top just before putting in oven to give them a little armour of crunchiness
Easy Gingerbread Method
Pre heat oven Gas mark 5 (190c or 375 F)
Grease 3 baking sheets.
Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into bowl.
Rub in fat until mixture looks like fine crumbs.
Stir in sugar.
Beat syrup into egg and stir into bowl.
Mix to a dough
Take out bowl and knead until smooth.
Divide it into two
Roll out on floured surface to about 0.5cm (1/4 inch ) thickness
Stamp out figures and place apart on baking sheets.
Finally sprinkle with a little Raw sugar.
Bake for 12 – 15 mins
Cool slightly then transfer to a wire rack Makes 12 I did not use the Raw sugar, but brown firm packed in the recipe itself.
If you find this dry keep handling and kneading,I rolled on baking paper too.