I saw a recipe for these Buttery Jam Tarts in a cookbook, and it called to me. It made me think of nursery rhymes, as in “the Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts.” But I hesitated to make them because the dough called for milk. In my experience, milk in cookie dough = tough cookies, as milk combines with the flour, and gluten strands start forming left and right, and pretty soon you have a cardboard cookie.
Still, the recipe called to me, and I jumped in, with my rolling pin at the ready, having ferreted out all my tiny cookie cutters. Sure enough, within minutes I was wrestling with a dough I knew would be awful, and only throwing in some sour cream made it useable. Still, even the awful dough cookies looked pretty cute, and I decided to try the recipe again with my own dough, my favorite shortbread dough that I used last week to make Sparkly Butterfly cookies. This dough makes a good cookie.
Magic! The buttery dough rolled out perfectly, and soon I had ten really cute Buttery Jam Tarts. You will see that I used a variety of tiny cookie cutters, but if you don’t have any, you can just cut a cross in the top cookie layer–it works nicely. Also, I used a fig fruit spread, from Aldi, which has a mellow flavor, but you can use any jam you want. The combination of the buttery cookie and sweet jam is so good! For the recipe, just click on this Sparkly Butterfly cookie link, and make the dough. Then proceed as follows.
Buttery Jam Tarts
Make a batch of shortbread dough as noted above, and divide the dough in two. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Baking notes: Use butter. Stir the jam. Don’t worry. Even if you shy away from seemingly complicated cookies, this dough 1) handles easily, 2) you only make ten cookies, and 3) they are so cute. If you would like to use tiny cookie cutters, check out cookiecutter.com for an irresistible assortment.
Just a robin, but I’m happy to see him during this long, cold spring.
A few more pages from the Paper Butterfly Scrapbook, showing some resourceful butterflies who have developed protective coloration in order to blend in with zebras, giraffes, and frogs. Not sure why you would want to do this, but it works for them. Peace to you. Fran