Jammie Dodger Cookies (Linzer Cookies)

These homemade Jammie Dodger Cookies, sometimes called Linzer Cookies, are a tasty cookie sandwich using a shortbread cookie with sweet jam. We’ve added a dusting of powdered sugar to make them extra special.

Close up of heart shaped jam cookie


 

What are Jammie Dodgers?

If you live in the UK, your question is probably “why haven’t you heard of these iconic cookies?” but if you live in the states, chances are you’ve never heard of them.

Biscuits, as they are called in the UK, are a jam filled shortbread cookie, generally strawberry or raspberry. They are similar to thumbprint cookies, but flat.

jammie dodgers cookies on parchment on a baking sheet

Ours are slightly Americanized because our cookie base is more of a sugar cookie than shortbread.

They are commonly served with tea or for dessert and are only slightly sweet, but totally scrumptious. When I visited London, we enjoyed them along with our tea serve at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

stacked jammie dodger cookies with red and white linen

How are shortbread and sugar cookies different?

The two big differences are ratios and eggs. Sugar cookies typically contain eggs and have a lower ratio of butter to flour, while shortbread cookie recipes have a higher ratio of butter to flour.

strawberry jam cookie on small what plates with fresh strawberries

Shortbread are more crumbly and fragile, while sugar cookies are a little more sturdy due to having structure from the egg.

Shape

The original Jammie Dodger is a circle cookie with a small heart in the center. I really love the look of ruby red jam, so ours are a little larger- both the cookie and cutout.

sugar cookie dough rolled out with heart shaped cookie cutters

You can really use whatever shape you desire, but for our purposes of Valentine’s Day, a heart was perfect. I put them on a tray with chocolate dipped strawberries and it was divine!

To make the cut-out, I used two sizes of heart shaped cookie cutters. You can find a set on Amazon here. They come in handy for decorating pies, baking Christmas cookies and of course, Valentine’s Day cookies!

bite taken out of a jammie dodger cookie

You can still bake the smaller heart cookies and just serve them seperate or let the kids decorate them like regular sugar cookie cut outs.

Filling

Traditionally, Jammies use raspberry jam or strawberry jam, but just like the shape, this flavor can be customized as well.

strawberry jam on sugar cookies on a baking sheet

Cherry jam can be used, along with any other type of fruit jam. And if you want to get totally bonkers and drop the red color, Bacon Jam is another fun variation.

Storage & Freezing

Jammie Dodgers can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. The jam won’t set, so make sure to use parchment or wax paper between layers to prevent sticking. Like any cookie, they are best enjoyed within 2-3 days of baking.

white serving platter of strawberry jam cookies with milk and small white plates

But if you want to make them ahead of time, feel free to freeze the cookies. I recoomend freezing the baked cookie peices, but waiting to stuff and assemble them until you are ready to serve.

Jams in generally don’t defrost well and will make the rest of the cookie soggy.

overhead of jammie dodger cookie with red and white straws

Fun Valentine’s Day Facts:

  • The origin of Valentine’s Day is still debatable, there are two theories. The first is that the day derives from Lupercalia, a raucous Roman festival on February 15 where men stripped naked and spanked young maidens in hopes of upping their fertility.
  • The second theory is that while the Roman Emperor Claudius II was trying to bolster his army, he forbade young men to marry (apparently single men make better soldiers).
  • In the spirit of love, St. Valentine defied the ban and performed secret marriages. For his disobedience, Valentine was executed on February 14.
  • There are 36 million heart shape boxes of chocolates sold for Valentine’s Day annually.
  • On average, men spend double the amount of money on Valentine’s Day gifts than women spend, which is $130.
  • There are approximately 8 billion candy hearts manufactured for the holiday.
  • There are approximately 50 million roses given on Valentine’s Day.
  • The phrase to “wear your heart on your sleeve” began in the middle ages when young people would draw the name of their valentine from a bowl. They had to wear the name on their sleeve for one week.
  • Hopeless romantics send 1,000+ letters addressed to Juliet to the city of Verona, Italy every year on this date.
  • Approximately 9 million people buy their pets a gift on Valentine’s Day.
  • During the middle ages, superstition said that if you were single, you would end up marrying the first single person of the opposite sex that you met on Valentine’s Day.

Now that you are properly armed with dinner discussion and the answers to at least 2 jeopardy questions, go forth and enjoy your Valentine’s Day or SAD (Singles Awareness Day).

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Jammie Dodger Cookies are the perfect sweet treat for Valentines Day- sugar cookies sandwiches with sticky sweet strawberry jam.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 20

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together flour and baking powder. Add half to wet mixture, blend well and then add the other half.
  • Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour, but no longer than 24 hours.
    cookie dough in a glass mixing bowl
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with silicone mat or parchment paper.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out two large hearts. In the center of one large heart, cut out a smaller heart. Transfer one whole large heart and large heart with center removed to a parchment lined baking sheet. Continue until no dough is left. I used a 4 and 3 inch cookie cutter.
    sugar cookies rolled out with cookie cutter
  • Bake each batch for 7-11 minutes (time will vary greatly depending on how large your cookies are).
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet, then remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool fully.
    cooked jammie dodger cookies
  • After cookies have cooled, spread strawberry jam on the large, whole heart.
    cookies spread with strawberry jam
  • Top with a cut-out cookie. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it went in the comments or ratings!

Nutrition

Calories: 313 kcal, Carbohydrates: 46 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 13 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 49 mg, Sodium: 121 mg, Potassium: 91 mg, Sugar: 23 g, Vitamin A: 400 IU, Vitamin C: 1.5 mg, Calcium: 32 mg, Iron: 1.4 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 313
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jammie dodgers, valentines day cookies
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Jessica the mom, wife and food lover behind Savory Experiments. She is obsessed with butter, salt and bacon and spends all her time in the kitchen and behind a camera. Jessica is a contributor to PopKitchen by Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal Food + Travel and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious!! Fantastic recipe! I used a homemade cherry jam and they were delectable. Kept them in an airtight contain overnight, and they were even better! You can definitely modify this recipe to make smaller cookies (these are ginormous) or use a different shape to make Xmas cookies. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. The Valentine’s Strawberry Jam Cookies look so pretty and tasty. Have pinned to my Valentine’s Day Food and Crafts Board.

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