Jammie Dodgers Cookies
Jammie Dodgers are iconic, round, British shortbread biscuits/cookies with a center heart cut-out, sandwiched with raspberry jam. They are similar to the Austrian Linzer, except they are not finished with a sprinkling of powdered/confectioners sugar as Linzer’s are.
Jammie Dodgers Cookies were originally made popular in the Beano comics by the character ‘Roger the Dodger’ and more recently in the Dr. Who series. Jammie Dodgers are also a favorite of Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.
Burton’s Biscuits is the originator and current producer of the Jammie Dodger. They have not changed since I was a child and really were my favorite growing up in England.
Even today, they are still one of the most popular sweet treat for kids and adults alike. The fun part for me as a kid was, the jam oozes through the heart shaped cutout in the top cookie and, like many children do, I always licked the jam out of the hole first.
Speaking of the heart, these cookies serve double duty. As well as being a little part of history, they also naturally become popular around Valentine’s Day.
When I make them at home, after cutting out the heart shape from the center of the cookie, I bake the little hearts too and eat them as a chefs treat while still warm (see pic below).
A National favorite for over 50 years, the Jammie Dodger got its name from another childhood favorite of mine, the Beano comic books. Inspired by the character Roger the Dodger (because he liked to dodge his chores and homework, his real name is Roger Dawson).
In a sealed container at room temperature for 2-3 days.
So back to the biscuits. To achieve a likeness to the original, I used a fluted 2 1/2-inch (6 cm) cookie cutter and a heart mini fondant cut-out tool.
Although this final step may seem trivial, adding just the right amount of jam/jelly is important as it finishes these Jammies nicely. I like to spread the jam thinner at the edges and thicker in the center. Doing it this way ensures that once you add the cookie with the heart cut-out, the jam rises up perfectly through the hole! Don’t add too much, or it will get messy.
This recipe yields 18 sandwich cookies.
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