Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bowtie Cookies With Homemade Cranberry Jam Filling

I am sorry if I am going to bore you guys with fresh cranberries again  LOL!   I am crazy with cranberries especially those fresh ones... like beauitful edible  rubies ! :)  AND having 3 packets of them in the freezer !!! what do you think...of course I am using  them for making Xmas cookies !  I am crazily intoxicated with them in my food and bakes....LOL!  until Wild Boar oinked..." CRANBERRIES AGAIN  ? "  BUT  then when he tasted these......he has to retract his   " CRANBERRIES AGAIN ? "  to " THESE CRANBERRIES STUFF IS DARN GOOD !  

I made my own cranberry jam , cooked them  with lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar till they thickens and glisten...whoa loved their natural cranberry bitterish and sourish taste...perfect for making these Xmas cookies.  I found this recipe from Petra's blog - Zoom Yummy and the moment my eyes feasted on them , I knew I had to make these mouth-watering cookies since I have so much fresh cranberries in my freezer :)  Love the cream cheese in the pastry, it  resembles a puff pastry but less layered and less fatty tasted out of this world and even my buddy Claire said it was good. I gave her a box of it for early Xmas treat :p and she took two at one go.....the cookies are addictive one, eat two and you can go on and on.  It involved some work but manageable and I enjoyed making them . The pastry is new to me and I love new stuff :)  The pastry is a knock out and I will be making this again with different fillings. Thumbs up and I would recommend that if you love cookies and have not an idea what to make or you are looking for new cookies to treat your family this festive season..try this !  You will not regret making them !

my homemade cranberry jam....finger licking good !
ingredients.....fresh cranberries, sugar, lemon zest and juice
cook till it glistens and thickens :)

the process involves a bit of work but manageable :) 

close up pic of the bowtie cookie

I am not good at making cookies ,  lucky I managed
to shape it like  a bowtie  LOL!

the dusting of icing sugar gave the cookies character :)

love the pastry and the fillings.....thumbs up
it is so addictive that I have to hide the other box away
from Wild Boar or he will finish them all in one go !

Bowtie Cookies With Homemade Cranberry Jam Filling - adapted from Zoom Yummy

Homemade Cranberry Jam

2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1/2 lemon - take juice
2 tsp lemon zest

Cook under medium low heat till it thickens and glistens - keep stirring so that the base will not get burnt. When ready ,dish out and leave aside till cooled.

Bowtie Cookies

6 oza (170 grams ) cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup ( 230 grams) butter, softened
2 tbsp granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups (325 grams ) all purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups thick jam  * refer to my homemade cranberry jam
sifted confectioner's sugar for dusting

1.  In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together the cream heese, butter, sugar and salt on medium
     speed until light, about 2 minutes.

2.  Then on low speed, gradually beat in the fluur just until mixed. A crumbly mixture will form.

3.  Using your hands, pat the crumbly mixture together to form a dough ball.

4.  Preheat the oven to 350 deg F (175 deg C) and line a bking sheet with parchment paper.

5.  Now on a lightly floured surgace, roll out the dough into a square or rectangel about 1/8 inch (3mm) thick.

6.  Cut the dough into even 2.5 X 2.5 ( 66 cm) squares.

7.  Place 1 teaspoon of the filling in the center of each square. Use really thick jam.

8   Pull 2 opposite corners of the square into the middle, and pinch the edges together to seal. Pinch the edges
     well, dont give them a chance to open back into the square shape while baking.

9.  Place the cookies on the prepared cookie sheet, spacing them about 1 1/2 inch (4cm ) apart.

10.  Bake at 350 deg F (175 deg C) for about 12 minutes or until lightly golden.

11.  Let cool on the cookie sheet for 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.

12.  Dust the tops with sifted confectioner's sugar while still warm, then let cool completely.

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  1. Oh... the jam is so pretty, but then again, the bitterish description. Not for me, but it really does look so so pretty.
    Will this pastry be the one you can use for your pineapple tarts?
    You told me once before you're looking for the perfect one :)

  2. Elin, i have just bought a packet of frozen cranberries and strawberries from Cold Storage the Garden, wondering what to do with the cranberries, and thanks for the super idea of making cranberries jam, does it give you a sourish taste?
    Couldnt find the tortilla base in Cold Storage, neither Garden nor the Curve. My Japanese pizza got to postpone again...................

  3. Wendy.....yesssss this pastry is perfect for the pineapple tart :) yesss I have found the Perfect pastry now LOL! you must try it is not that bitter...a subtle one and you will love it once you tasted it. And the sugar and lemon juice will cover the slight bitterish taste :)

    Sem...hmmmm let me ask around my KL blogger friends and see if they can locate which place in KL sells them. Cold Storage maybe out of stock :(

  4. Thanks for the entry Elin, nice work again.

    Tortilla bases are available in Jaya Grocer in Empire and most other places.

  5. Swee are welcome and thanks for the invitation...excuse to show off my work ma :p I am happy to make these and join in the fun. I will be making another one soon :) another early Xmas treat for my friends :) and thanks for the information as to where to get the tortillas:)

  6. Elin, I must get some fresh cranberries soon to try your pretty bowtie cookies!
    BTW please come to my site to join the Christmas giveaway.
    All readers are welcome :)

  7. Sem...Swee San has been kind to tell us that Tortilla bases are available in Jaya Grocer in Empire and most other places :)

  8. must try the pastry..thumbs up...ohh christmas giveaways !...sure..brooommmm hopping over now :p

  9. Very pretty bows:) I love the look of the bowl of cooked cranberries jam!

  10. What beautiful cookies. I their bow tie shape and that jam inside looks fab too. Just the sort of cookie that I love :)

  11. The homemade jam sounds delicious & the pictures are fantastic! I wish I could take a bite right out of this screen!

  12. A big thank you to Elin and Swee San,you both make my day and I will drop by Empire soon.

  13. Work or not, I can see myself making this for our Christmas cookie trays this year. I love cranberries and these look absolutely delicious!

  14. Kathy....thanks:)

    Jeannie...haha me too...the best jam I have ever made :)

    Val...thanks and do try the recipe out. your will love the taste :)

    Lacy...thanks :) yea virtual feasting is much healthier :p are welcome...hope you get them :)

    Janet....too delicious to resist ...right? You will not regret making them :)

  15. So yummy! And perfect for the holidays! One can never have too many cranberries :)


  16. Parsley Sage, thanks for the buzz and yea one can never get enough of these berries!

  17. Elin, this is the best pastry I have ever tasted.. my son loves them a lot!! He hopes you can do them again! :)

  18. my cranberries still sitting in my freezer, how long did you take to cook the jam?

  19. hi elin
    1. Did you measure your flour using cup or weighing 325g?
    Cos i think it should be 2 1/2 cups not 1 1/2 cups from zoomyummy recipe.
    But, if i use American measurement of cup, then 2 1/2 cups plain flour should be 280g and Not 325g.
    So i'm confused, pls help. What is the weight of flour in grams that i should use?

    2. Is the dough sticky to handle?

    3. how many cookies can this make?
    thks alot for help

  20. Claire....sure, when I have the time :) * wink

  21. took about 30 minutes under low heat .

    Belle...ooops ..sorry typing error . Thanks for bringing it to my attention. It should be 2 1/2 cups flour . I weight 325g of flour and you can get about 35 pieces. The dough is not sticky but manageable. Use a flat plastic spatula to lift it up after you have pinch the edges together onto the baking pan which is lined with greaseproof paper ( silicone paper )

  22. Ooh, that picture on top is so drool-worthy!

  23. oh my those look so very appetizing...thank you so very much for sharing!

  24. Loveforfood....:) are welcome :)