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Cook the Book: Jammies

[Photographs: Caroline Russock]

These Jammies from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion are a lazy person's linzer cookie. They have all of the buttery deliciousness and jammy goodness without the need for a rolling pin or cookie cutters. They are made from an effortless shortbread dough that's patted into a round cake pan then topped with jam and crumbled cookies.

You end up with cookie slices that technically might not be considered a pizookie but, with their gold crust and red jam topping, they look pretty darn close to a tiny slice of pizza.

It had been a while since I had baked shortbread. I forgot that it's not your typical cookie dough. Not at all sticky and barely moist, the texture is sandy and coarse. But once you place the dough into the cake pans and tap it down, the baking brings it together nicely. The disks emerged from the oven a pale golden brown and slid off the cake pans in one piece despite their brittle texture. They held their shape under the weight of a heavy knife and layer of jam.

I am not going to advocate eating cookies for breakfast but the thick layer of jam makes them somehow more appropriate for pre-noon snacking.

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