These delightful strawberry filled cookies are sandwiched with delicious homemade strawberry jam and garnished with crunchy poppy seeds for truly pretty cookies that are not only delicious but make pretty gifts too!
When I first made these cookies, I was not sure what to call them. 'Strawberry poppy seed sandwich cookies' was what came to my mind, but then I felt it was just too long for a cookie name. So I decided to call these pretty cookies - Strawberry Filled Cookies instead.
The cookies are made up on 2 layers of rich, crisp and buttery cookies that are sandwiched together with homemade strawberry jam. The top layer is garnished with a light sprinkle of crunchy poppy seeds and has a heart shape cut out in the center. With the red strawberry jam filling showing throught the heart shape cut out, these cookies are not only pleasant to the taste, but to the eyes, too.
The journey of making these cookies started with the strawberry jam. I made a fresh batch of strawberry jam with the intention of making thumbprint cookies. I changed my mind after making the strawberry jam because for this particular batch of jam, I overcooked it and so the jam became slightly thicker than what it should be. And I felt that it would be better used for sandwich cookies because the thick jam reminded me of the pineapple jam sandwich cookies I remember eating as a child. The cookies had a thick and solid pineapple jam filling that held the top and bottom layers of the cookies together strongly. So strong, the cookies would crumble if one tries to separate them.
Once the cookies were baked and have cooled down to room temperature, I sandwiched them with my strawberry jam. And I realized after sandwiching the cookies that the cookies layers were not so strongly attached to one another. They were still sliding away as I tried to put them into my cookie jar. I prefer the jam centres to be slightly more solid that what I had so that the cookie layers do not slide off.
My first thought was to return the cookies back to the oven for a few minutes, to see if they jam thickened up more. I was quite worried that the cookies might get over baked and so tried out with a batch of 4 cookies first. I let the assembled cookies bake for another 10 minutes and much to my delight, the jam thickened up and the cookie layers were no longer sliding away. Plus the extra 10 minutes in the oven did not result in over baked cookies so it was a success!
And so, I sandwiched all the cookies with my strawberry jam and returned the assembled cookies to the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
And that was pretty much I how came about making these strawberry jam sandwich cookies.
Here is the full, printable version of the strawberry filled cookies recipe and hope you like them as much as I do:
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