The other night I hosted a meeting for my roller derby league. That’s right, roller derby- as in girls on skates knocking each other to the floor. It’s a tough sport for tough girls, but we still like adorable things like star-shaped shortbreads with jam in the middle and icing. Who doesn’t?
Empire biscuits are my favourite cookie- they are super easy to make, taste freaking amazing and they last for days! Not like stupid chocolate chip, who tastes great right out of the oven and only so-so afterward, forcing me to eat the entire batch in one sitting. Stupid cookies.
Where was I? Empire biscuits (formerly called Linzer biscuits, but changed in a “Freedom fries” kind of way when England and Germany were not playing nice)! They are awesome. But I decided they could be more awesome by cutting the shortbread into stars (like those on the jammer’s helmet- if not familiar with roller derby, please see here and join in the fun, already) and dying the icing to match our team colours. Then I realized- there is jam in the middle! Jammer cookies! Could that name BE any more perfect?
And now, the recipe (makes about 18 large sandwich cookies, 36 un-sandwiched ones):
Cream butter with icing sugar until fluffy. Add corn starch and cream again. Gradually add the flour and mix well until soft. Roll out dough on floured surface to about 3mm thickness. Cut into desired shapes (stars!) and place on lined cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, or until edges just start to turn golden. Let cool.
Next (and this is more slapdash than the previous instructions), sandwich the cooled cookies with a spoonful of seedless raspberry jam. To prepare the icing, mix a couple of cups of icing sugar with enough warm water to make a thick paste-like consistency. Add a few drops of food colouring and frost cookies! Let sit for a few minutes to let the icing harden, otherwise they will become a huge mess if you stack them.
(Mrs. A, a.k.a. “Smasha Yar”)