These easy cookies with a fruity jam filling are perfect teatime treats. Make a batch as a weekend project and fill your biscuit tin with sweet bites
- Serves: 55 persons
- 250g plain flour
- 70g icing sugar, plus about 2 tbsp for dusting
- 8g vanilla sugar, or 8g caster sugar plus 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1tsp lemon zest
- 150g butter, cut into cubes
- 2egg yolks
- 100g redcurrant jelly (or raspberry jam)
Step 1For the shortcrust pastry, sift the flour and icing sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the vanilla sugar, lemon zest and a pinch of salt. Rub the butter into the flour mixture until it is incorporated and then mix in egg yolks. Knead everything into a compact smooth dough. Wrap the dough and chill it for 1 hour.
Step 2Remove the dough from the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature for 10 minutes. Form the dough into a long roll and divide it into 60 equal portions. Form a small ball from each portion and place it on a baking sheet covered with baking parchment (you will need two or more sheets). Press a dip (for the jam) into each ball with the handle of a wooden spoon.
Step 3Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat the jelly or jam in a saucepan until it melts. Use a teaspoon to fill the dips in the dough balls.
Step 4Bake for 12-15 minutes, then allow to cool completely. Finally, dust the cookies with some icing sugar. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for several weeks.