Lotus spread filled Jammie Dodgers (Speculoos Linzer Biscuits)

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Lotus specaloos biscuits are an unfailingly safe and readily available snack, especially in Europe. The delicate spices works well in so many settings, most notably with a quality cup of coffee.

As may by now have become apparent (especially if you follow me on Instagram!), Thursdays are my baking day. I’m not at work and following school drop off and an early boot camp session, I settle in for a serious baking session, putting into practice all the ideas that have been floating around in my head during my lengthy commute to work earlier in the week. It also enables me to provide some home baked goodies for both girls to take in and share with their class on a Friday. They so often miss out on the treats bought in by others for birthdays etc, and I think it’s important that they witness their friends eating and enjoying the same things they do.

The other week (I’m always a few weeks behind on my writing up, hence the heart theme!) I had the idea of making Linzer cookies or Jammie dodgers as they’re known in the UK. Big S likes jam so the flavour combo for her class was a no brainer (recipe coming soon!) but little S isn’t keen. I could have made a buttercream but then I spied a half empty jar of Lotus biscuit spread in the larder – perfect, what a great plan. Mildly spiced crisp biscuits sandwiched together with the caramelised biscuit spread. I only had the crunchy version which did work but next time I’d go for smooth for best texture combination.

Lotus Spread filled Jammie Dodgers (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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Makes about 20 sandwich cookies

  • 1/2 cup dairy-free spread
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tbsp dairy-free milk, I used Oatly
  • 1/2 cup Lotus speculoos spread
  • icing sugar to dust the top biscuits with

– Cream together the dairy-free spread, icing sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
– Sift in the spices, salt, bicarb and plain flour and mix to a soft dough, adding the dairy-free milk to make the mixing easier.
– Wrap in cling film and rest in the fridge for half an hour.
– Heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade/ gas mark 4 and line cookie sheets with parchment
– Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out.
– Cut out an even number of shapes, and cut smaller shapes out of the centre of half of them.
– Place on the lined baking trays and cook for 10 minutes.
– Cool on a wire rack
– Dust the cookies with windows with icing sugar. Spread the lotus spread over the whole cookies and sandwich the window cookies on top.

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Cinnamon Linzer Cookies

IMG_7372Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’ve been thinking of making these pretty Austrian jam sandwich cookies for ages. I think the wonderful little jam window in the sugar-dusted frame looks just perfect, the a cookie fit to take to the Queen of Hearts’ tea party! With today being Valentine’s Day they  had to be heart shaped didn’t they, and I filled mine with a alternately rose, violet and raspberry jam. Unless you are lucky enough to have recently visited Confiserie Florian to buy some unusual floral rose and violet jam, you might just have to stick to a more conventional jam flavour! No problem though, any fruit flavour works perfectly, but do choose a jam that is smoother rather than chunky with fruit.

Linzer cookies are often almond flavoured but I chose cinnamon as I think it works really well with fruity flavours and adds enough interest to make these classic cookies a bit more special.

Cinnamon Linzer Cookies (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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Makes about 6 large sandwich cookies

  • 1/2 cup dairy-free spread
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tbsp oat milk
  • 1/4 cup jam of choice

– Cream together the dairy-free spread, icing sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
– Stir in the vanilla.
– Sift in the cinnamon, salt, bicarb and plain flour and mix to a soft dough, adding the oat milk to make the mixing easier.
– Wrap in cling film and rest in the fridge for half an hour.
– Heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade/ gas mark 4 and line a cookie sheet with parchment
– Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out.
– Cut out an even number of shapes, and cut smaller shapes out of the centre of half of them.
– Place on he lined baking tray and cook for 10 minutes.
– Cool on a wire rack
– Dust the cookies with windows with icing sugar.

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– Spread the cookies without windows with 1/2 tsp of jam
– Place the sugar dusted cookie windows on top
– If you wish to keep the cookies for a few days only fill with jam at the last minute to prevent them going soggy.

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