Vanilla Jam Cookies

Domestic Diva-Vanilla Jam CookiesI ask the kids each week what they want me to bake for their lunches, It was a unanimous “Cookies” this week! Miss 5 had a LetterLand dress  up day at prep today. The letter character letter you came dressed as, you had to provide a plate of food starting with that letter. She chose “Vicky Violet”, her costume was easy, just all purple. It was the food I had to ponder on. Then I had a brilliant idea, Vanilla Violet Cookies! Vanilla cookies cut in flower shapes (see original pic below) and then of course I couldn’t help myself, took it a step further to make them look pretty for their special morning tea.

I baked the little shapes that I cut out of the center of the cookies with my 3 year old in mind, and she loved them. I am thinking, if I can find a little teddy cutter, they would be a great replacement for the packets of tiny teddies that you can buy. All 3 of my kids can never like the same thing, why would they make life easy for me, lol! Miss 3 liked them plain, Miss 5 liked them with Cashew butter in the middle, and master 9 liked them with jam.  You can also use Carob Cashew Paste  or the failsafe Lemon butter from the Fed Up cookbook, and I really liked that one!

You can cut these with Christmas cutters to make a special treat or plate to share at Christmas parties.

Domestic Diva-Vanilla Jam Cookies

170g Sugar
200g Nuttelex
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
350g plain flour or gluten free flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pear and Choko jam
Icing sugar

Place sugar into Thermomix bowl. Mill on speed 9 for 10 seconds.
Add nuttelex and vanilla and cream together on speed 4 for 30 seconds.
Add flour and salt. Mix on dough setting (closed lid position on interval for TM31) for 2 minutes.
Divide dough in half. Roll into a ball and flatten slightly. Wrap in glad wrap and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 180°C

Work with one batch of dough at a time. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to approx 7mm thick.
Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Cut an even number of cookies and cut a smaller shape out of 1/2 of them. I cut 28 shapes and made 14 sandwich biscuits.

Place on a tray lined with baking paper. Bake until edges are lightly browned. Approx 12 minutes. Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

On the cookies without a shaped hole, spread with jam. Dust with icing sugar on the cookies with holes. Then place on top of the cookie with the jam to create a sandwich.

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