These cookies are SO SIMPLE.  Seriously, they’re easier than pie. Sometimes it’s the simplicity of a thing that can bring you back and conjure memories of past holidays. This isn’t a complicated recipe but it’s a prime example of a holiday cookie that’s decadent for its purity.  If you’re looking for something to whip together for last min guests or to submit to a cookie swap or bake sale then these are the ones to make.

  • c
    ¾ cup
    softened butter
  • c
    2/3 cup
    granulated sugar
  • c
    ¾ tsp
    salt
  • c
    1
    egg
  • c
    1 tsp
    vanilla
  • c
    2 cups
    Robin Hood All Purpose flour
  • c
    ½ tsp
    baking powder
  • c
    1 jar
    Smuckers raspberry or strawberry jam.
  • c
    -
    Sugar in the Raw turbinado sugar
  • Directions
    • 1
      Preheat oven to 350.  Prep two sheet pans with parchment paper. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together until smooth.  Add egg, vanilla and salt and beat until fluffy.  Stop mixer and pour in flour.  Sprinkle baking powder over the top and turn mixer on slow until dough has come together scraping down the sides periodically.
    • 2
      Divide dough into two pieces and form each piece with your fingers into a long rectangle about 10” wide and 3” high. Do this right onto your prepped pans.
    • 3
      With the handle of a wooden spoon, press into the dough about a 1/2 “ from the top to form a channel.  Repeat and press two additional channels into the dough for three channels total.  Ensure you pinch the channels closed at the ends so you don’t have jam running amok in the oven.  Put your jam into a plastic zipper bag and snip off the corner.  Use this to pipe your jam into the channels.  Sprinkle turbinado sugar over the works and pop into the oven.
    • 4
      Let bake 10 min then turn the pans and bake an additional 10 min until the edges are slightly browned.  Let bars cool on the pan slightly before slicing and transferring  to a wire rack to continue cooling.  I like to add a bit more sugar after the cookies have cooled.  It sits on top of the jam, adds a nice crunch and makes everything sparkle.
    Tips
    • 1
      Freeze extras to pull out for bake sales, cookie exchanges or for when company stops by.

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