Jammy Dodgers

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Who doesn’t love a little jammy dodger? Melt in the mouth biscuit, sandwiched together with sticky jam, and of course, the iconic little heart in the middle.

Jammy Dodgers recipe from Baking with Granny. Classic British biscuit. Melt-in-the-mouth, sandwiched with jam, and a little heart middle.

If you don’t enjoy a Jammy Dodger then I’m afraid we can’t be friends. How could anyone who doesn’t enjoy a Jammy Dodger possibly be trusted? There’s something quite nostalgic about these quintessentially British biscuits that takes me right back to my childhood. What would normally be a fairly standard shortbread biscuit is instantly transformed by the presence of some jam and that lovely little love heart.

What’s particularly great about this Jammy Dodger recipe (or “Granny Dodgers”, as they’ve lovingly been dubbed in our house) is just how simple they are to whip together. The dough takes all of 10 minutes to mix up and aside from a little wait time to let it firm up in the fridge, you’ll have a batch of deliciously fresh Jammie Dodgers for any occasion in no time at all.

And here at Baking with Granny, we do love a child-friendly recipe and this one ticks all the boxes. Why not let the wee ones get creative and switch out the traditional heart for their shape of choice? Or if you’re feeling really adventurous then how about trialling out alternative jams, or even a spreading of Nutella to make a real game changer of it all?

"I love making these my husband and colleague love them a massive hit in my house."
Lisa
Jammy Dodger recipe from Baking with Granny. The perfect recipe for home made jammie dodgers. Delicious shortbread style biscuits, filled with strawberry jam and a little heart hole.

Ingredients:

Plain Flour
No raising agents are required in these biscuits, so good old plain flour is ideal.

Butter or Margarine
Using butter in this recipe does give a nice flavour but if you need to omit the dairy, margarine is an excellent alternative.
If you do opt for margarine try to get a block margarine as opposed to a spreadable one – this will make your biscuit dough easier to work with and not too soft.

Icing Sugar
Biscuits need a bit of sweetness and these home made Jammie Dodgers are no exception. Caster sugar is usually what you’d use in most baking, however we are using Icing Sugar here. Why? Because it’s much finer and adds to the melt-in-the-mouth texture of these biscuits.

Egg Yolk
Not all biscuit recipes will include egg but in Jammy Dodgers, a egg adds a bit extra moisture and some richness to the overall flavour.

Jam
What is a Jammy Dodger without the jam? A dodger…?! You can use whatever jam takes your fancy but a seedless strawberry or raspberry will give you that iconic red heart in the middle of your biscuit.

Jammy Dodgers recipe from Baking with Granny. Classic British biscuit. Melt-in-the-mouth, sandwiched with jam, and a little heart middle.

Jammy Dodgers

Melt in the mouth biscuit, sandwiched together with sticky jam, and of course, the iconic little heart in the middle.
3.67 from 6 votes
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 170°c (150°c for fan assisted ovens or Gas Mark 4) and grease a couple of baking sheets with a little butter/margarine.
  • Rub the flour, butter and icing sugar together until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the egg yolk and mix into a dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and pop it in the fridge for around 30 minutes.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to around 1cm thickness. Cut your biscuits out into circles and on one of half the biscuits, cut an additional shape from the middle (love heart being the obvious choice!).
  • Place your biscuits onto your pre-greased baking tray and bake in your pre-heated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until they are a light golden colour around the edges.
  • Once the biscuits are cool enough to handle (but still a little warm) sandwich them together with a spoonful of jam for each biscuit.
  • Finish with a dusting of a little sugar, if desired.
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Jammy Dodgers recipe from Baking with Granny. Classic British biscuit. Melt-in-the-mouth, sandwiched with jam, and a little heart center.

13 Responses

  1. I think I’d prefer home made jammy dodgers to the real ones! Thanks for joining in with #BAKEoftheWEEK !

  2. 1 star
    These didn’t work out for me at all, the mixture was far too wet and no way could I get it rubbed in to a breadcrumb consistency, had to add loads more flour and even then couldn’t really mix in the egg as it was already dough like..persevered and baked them but the middle was still a bit raw. So disappointed as they looked really nice in the picture

  3. 5 stars
    The dough is amazing and lasts nearly forever in the fridge. Just remember to take the chilled dough out to thaw before making your cookies.

  4. 1 star
    Too much butter in this recipe. Very disappointing as was making them for my ?mums 60th using a smiley face cutter. The biscuits disintegrated when touched. It’s sad seeing happy faces crumble in front of you.

  5. 5 stars
    Made these with my granddaughter and I love the texture – the icing sugar makes a smoother dough than caster sugar! I added some almond extract to the dough and used homemade cherry jam; they tasted like bakewell dodgers!

  6. I just left my five start review above and noticed a couple of one star reviews. I wonder if those reviewers maybe used room temp butter. The recipe doesn’t state it, but the butter should be cold and cut into cubes to rub into the flour and icing sugar – this is basically a sweet pastry dough, so I even chill my mixing bowl ahead of time and make sure my hands aren’t too warm. Using soft, room temp butter will result in a ‘wet’ dough and biscuits that will crumble after baking.

    1. I’ve never left a review about it but I’ve JUST made these today and I think you’re right, I struggled with a ‘wet’ consistency but I will just try again with cold butter. Just done a batch of the gingernuts though and they’re turned out looooovely! X

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