Empire Cookies

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Empire cookies are a soft biscuit-like cookie sandwiched between a sweet layer of raspberry jam, drizzled with almond icing and topped with a plump little cherry! This recipe has been adapted from Canadian Living.


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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup raspberry jam


  • 1 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 12 tablespoons hot water
  • 40 cherry pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture in 2 or 3 additions.
  4. On a floured work surface, roll dough out to approx. 1/8 inch thick (if your dough is too soft at this stage you can refrigerate the dough for 20-30 minutes to firm up).
  5. Using a round cookie cutter (approx. 1 1/2 inches in diameter) cut out circles and place on your prepared baking sheet about an inch apart. Repeat until all the dough is used up.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes until bottoms are lightly browned. Let cookies cool on cooling rack before moving onto the next step.
  7. Spread jam on the cookie bottom and top with another cookie (see picture for reference). Keep the jam in the centre of the cookie so when you press the other cookie on top it will spread to the sides. Repeat until all of the cookies are filled. Set aside.
  8. Make your icing; in a small bowl add sifted icing sugar and almond extract, add hot water one tablespoon at a time, using enough of the water to make the icing spreadable. Spread icing on top of each cookie and top with a cherry piece (place the cherry skin side down, so the juices don’t bleed into the icing).
  9. Let the cookies set for approx. 1 hour.
  10. Enjoy.


Dry cherries on paper towel before topping on cookies. The cherries can bleed into the icing so make sure to place skin side down, so the juices don’t bleed.

Empire Cookies freeze well. Store in an airtight container for up to a month.


Keywords: Christmas, Cookies, Empire Cookies, Dessert

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