Jammie Dodgers are an iconic British party biscuit and for those of you reading from across seas and might not know what they are, they're a shortbread style sandwich biscuit with a raspberry jam filling - and are delicious!
Did you know they were named after the Beano character Rodger the Dodger?
Why not try making your own this Valentines/Galentines with the recipe below?
- 230g (one block) Butter unsalted, softened to room temperature
- 130g Caster Sugar
- 2 Free Range Eggs
- 1tsp Vanilla Extract
- 360g Plain Flour
- Raspberry Jam (I'll let you decide how much you want!)
- Icing Sugar (optional)
- Circular biscuit cutter
- Heart shaped biscuit cutter
- Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy, this can be done by hand (give yourself an arm work out, or with a electric whisks/kitchen aid). Add in the vanilla and eggs until fully combined.
- Add a the flour in slowly until it is fully incorporated - the mixture should resemble large crumbles.
- Using your hands (with more flour if necessary) press the dough together until it becomes a ball, separate into two balls, wrap in clingfilm, flatten and leave in the fridge to chill. It should be left for at least 30 mins (I left mine over night, so if you are organised work ahead!).
- Once the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 180 °C and line 3-4 baking trays with baking paper.
- Lightly flour your work surface, removed the dough from the clingfilm and roll out so it is around 6mm thick. As the dough reaches room temperature it will become stickier so work as quickly as you can and use a little extra flour should you need to keep it from sticking. You can always put the dough back on the fridge if it becomes too difficult to handle.
- Take your round biscuit cutter and cut out the circular shapes. Using your small heart shaped cutter cut heart shapes in half of the circular biscuits (these are the tops, the rest are the bottoms).
- Place on the baking trays and bake for 12-15 minutes. The sides should begin to go golden whilst the top stays pale -these will harden once you remove them from the oven.
- Leave to cool on the trays for a minute or so then transfer onto a cooling rack.
- Once the biscuits are fully cooled, it's time to assemble! Take the full circles add an even layer of raspberry jam before topping with heart cut out biscuit to make a sandwich.
- If you wish to add icing sugar to the tops do so before you assemble - this way the heart shape remains clear and is not dusted with sugar!
Make a cup of tea and enjoy!
Tried this recipe? Let me know how you got on!