A few years ago, Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies highlighted cookies from around the world. Many of the cookies were familiar to me, but I had never heard of a cookie like this. I made them the Christmas I found the recipe, and I’ve made them every holiday since. I don’t make many jam or filled cookies, so I find that these are a nice change from chocolate and super sweet cookies. I’ve made some changes to the original recipe, including the shape, which makes the original name of the cookie, Lusikkaleivat or “spoon cookies”, irrelevant. Here is the original recipe and how make spoon-shaped cookies.
Brown Butter and Jam Cookies – makes about 36 cookies or 18 sandwiches
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
2 cups flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
⅛ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla
¼ cup jam of your choice (I like raspberry, black raspberry, or blackberry)
Powdered sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 325°. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper, silicone mats, or greased aluminum foil.
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned and it smells slightly nutty. Swirl the pan during the cooking to keep the butter from burning. Watch the butter carefully, because butter goes from delicious browned to burnt very quickly. Remove brown butter from heat and pour into a medium bowl. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
Wisk egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla into cooled brown butter. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate small bowl. Gradually whisk dry ingredients into butter mixture. Stir until dough looks like wet sand.
Roll a small amount of dough into a ball that is slightly smaller than a gumball. Arrange cookie balls on prepared pans and flatten lightly with your fingers. Repeat with remaining dough. Try to make an equal amount of cookies, as you will sandwich these together.
Bake cookies until very light brown, 12-15 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on pan and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
When cookies are cool, spread about ½ teaspoon of jam onto one side of half the cookies. Sandwich together with another cookie. Dust powdered sugar over tops, if desired.