Recipe: Spitzbuben (jam-filled sandwich cookies)

 I have to admit... I had no idea why these cookies were called Spitzbuben, so I did some research. Spitzbuben translates to "troublemaking boy" or "rascal". Yeah... why are boys involved? Apparently this traditional German cookie recipe for sandwich cookies filled with jam were very popular among young boys who would often sneak as many as they could get, leaving few for the rest of their families. Hence, mothers began yelling, "Hey, you rascals! Stop taking all the cookies!" .

1 cup (200g) butter
3/4 cup (150g) sugar
2 eggs
a dash of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
1 cup (100g) ground almonds (optional)
2 1/2 cups (300g) flour
About 3/4 cup (200g) jam whichever flavor you prefer

Cream butter. Add sugar and cream together. 

Add eggs and beat until fluffy. 

Add rest of the ingredients slowly and beat between each addition. Dough will be rather thick. 

If you prefer, you can chill this dough for an hour before trying to roll it out. Roll out on baking paper or floured surface. Cut out two of the same cutter for each cookie, one of which should have a smaller cut out from the middle of the cookie. Make them in pairs until all the dough has been used. 

Bake at 300°F or 160°C for about 10 minutes or until the cookies no longer look shiny. Allow to cool. 

Add a half a teaspoon of jam to the cookie with no cut out from the middle and press the second one on top. 

These cookies are really delicious. Firm, but soft. They're not too sweet and the ground almonds really adds some lovely texture. The jam really keeps it fruity. 

Watch us make these amazing cookies on YouTube here:
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