I was well into thinking about this blog, and had baked the cookies, and with difficulty, had been photographing them–they kept looking like little volcanoes–when suddenly I had a thought: Does anyone even have clothespins anymore? I have some, but hadn’t used them in a clothespin capacity for a long time. I can remember helping my grandmother and mother pin up clothes, but I can also remember my mother’s joy when she got a dryer. So if you don’t have clothespins, use your fingertip or the end of a wooden spoon to make the cavity for the jelly. Also, you can use any kind of jam or jelly you wish, but the current jelly is a bit tart, and adds a nice zing to the cookie. When you add the flour, don’t be afraid to knead the dough a bit with your hands so it’s cohesive–it will stay tender. This recipe makes about 30 cookies and is very easy to cut in half.