Wednesday, November 07, 2007

#7 Little Gems

This one is super easy. You take the recipe from the Log Jams (cookie #6) and instead of making logs, you make 1 inch balls of dough. Then you take the end of a wooden spoon, dab a bit of flour on it and then poke it into the cookie to make a well. Don't smash the cookie down, just make a well in the cookie. Like this:

Make a well

Now comes the hardest part of the cookie. You're going to fill that well with strawberry jam. I usually stir the jam up very well, then fill a pastry tube with the jam, using a #12 Ateco round tip, and fill the well with jam. Like this:

Filled with jam

Now place a pecan half on top of the cookie covering up the jam.

Ready to bake

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes. Let cool before removing from cookie sheet.

Ready to eat

These cookies are bite size and the recipe makes a bunch. I usually will make 1/2 recipe of Log Jams and 1/2 recipe of Little Gems.