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French Vanilla Jam Swirled Cookies

French Vanilla Jam Swirled Cookies

Have you ever tried to find red and green holiday sprinkles in December? Trust me, it's almost impossible! My entire family was out going store to store in search of them. Caleb is a little young to be in the grocery store so Macky would stay in the car with him as I ran (literally) around like a crazy person on a sprinkle mission. Fortunately, I found these holiday confetti sprinkles which worked out well - thanks Kmart!

So let's talk about how to make these extremely delicious cookies. The flavor is out of this world. They may be my favorite, but it's so hard to chose. The dough gives off a burst of vanilla flavor thanks to my secret ingredient of powdered vanilla coffee creamer. Yes, it's a little weird but it is so good and makes such a difference. I highly encourage you to try it. The raspberry jam compliments the vanilla flavor perfectly. And course, they are beautiful and will look outstanding on your holiday cookie plate.

I believe you can absolutely make these to look like my pictures as long as you follow my tips to success. I made many batches with different variations so you don't have to! Yay!

Dough: The dough is very straight forward. My only tip is not to over mix the dough and try not to add additional flour.  

Jam: I tried this recipe with Stonewall Kitchen black raspberry jam, Bonne Maman raspberry preserves and store brand seedless strawberry preserves. The black raspberry was delicious but it has a purple color that wasn't the look I was going for. The store brand strawberry preserves were my least favorite. The texture of the jam was slightly off after baking and the flavor just wasn't the same as the higher quality preserves. The Bonne Maman raspberry preserves had the flavor, consistency and color (no they aren't paying me to say that). I highly recommend paying a bit more for the higher quality. In terms of amount, stick with the 1/4 cup indicated in the recipe and resist the urge to add more. Any more will ooze out as you roll the dough.

Sprinkles: I tried nonpareils but they bled into the dough a bit. If those are all you can find, your cookies will still look nice just a little more colorful. Then I tried Betty Crocker's Holiday Sequins which are the confetti like sprinkles you see in the pictures. I would have liked to have tried standard sprinkles but as I said, no where to be found. 

Chilling Time: The refrigeration and freezer time may be inconvenient but I tried to make these several different ways and the times indicated will give you the best cookie. Trust me!


French Vanilla Jam Swirled Cookies
Makes 21 cookies

* http://www.bonnemaman.us/preserves-jellies/raspberry-preserves/


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