23 Holiday Cookie Recipes That Use Preserves

It’s cookie baking time! My sister is coming over tomorrow for a day of baking, tree decorating and board games. i.e.: My perfect December day. And you know me – I’m definitely going to be incorporating preserves into some of our cookies. Here are 23 holiday cookie recipes from around the web that put jams, fruit butters and other preserves to good use for a little inspiration:

23 Holiday Cookie Recipes That Use Preserves // Savvy Eats

Almond brittle cookies via The Domestic Front

Apricot kolaches via American Heritage Cooking

Blueberry pecan rugelach via Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Gingerbread linzer cookies via Chocolate Moosey

Grain-free jam thumbprint cookies via With Food + Love

Hazelnut lemon curd cookies via Self Proclaimed Foodie

Jam and sunflower thimbles via Green Kitchen Stories

Jam-filled pecan snowball cookies via Barbara Bakes

Lemon curd sugar cookies

Lemon meringue sandwich cookies via Mind Over Batter

Linzer torte thumbprint cookies via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Peanut butter and jelly cookies via Ari’s Menu

Pimiento cheese cookies via Willow Bird Baking

Pistachio thumbprint cookies with black currant jam via Blogging Over Thyme

Pumpkin butter thumbprint cookies via The Kitchen Prep

Raspberry almond spritz cookies

Raspberry ribbons via Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

Salted marmalade Russian tea cakes

Shortbread sugar cookie bars with strawberry toffee glaze via The Housewife in Training Files

Sparkly apricot rosemary jewels via Spa Bettie

Strawberry lemonade linzer cookies via Neighborfood

Strawberry thumbprint cookies via Cooking on the Front Burners

Tart cherry fudge thumbprints via Running to the Kitchen

Photos from Spa Bettie and Running to the Kitchen.

 

Salted Marmalade Russian Tea Cakes

Russian tea cakes made with marmalade have a orange salted caramel flavor, making them the perfect addition to any holiday cookie plate.

Salted Marmalade Russian Tea Cakes // Savvy Eats

When I’m putting together a cookie plate for the holidays, I like to try to find some balance. I always think I’d be perfectly happy with a plate full of Reese’s peanut butter cup cookies and chocolate-peppermint treats, but it is never the case. I inevitably end up craving some bright citrus flavors, a cookie packed with warming spices or something buttery.

So when I’m plotting out my “bake all the holiday cookies” weekend-long extravaganza, I do my best to pick a favorite from each category for a cookie plate that will please any guest’s taste buds. This usually includes buttery Russian tea cakes, some form of sugar cookie (usually maple or eggnog-flavored), something with lemon or orange, and a snickerdoodle or other cinnamon-flavored cookie. And of course, those blossoms and peppermint cookies I mentioned as well.

Let’s talk about those orange and lemon-flavored cookies. The most common way to give baked goods a citrus flavor is to throw in some lemon, lime or orange juice and zest, like in these orange cranberry cookies. But I’ve started experimenting and taking my fruity cookies in another direction by adding marmalade to the doughs instead.

Salted Marmalade Russian Tea Cakes // savvyeat.com

Take this Russian tea cake cookie recipe, for example. They are based off of one of my favorite tea cake recipes. I ditched the white chocolate (a modification that was somewhat painful to make, because I love white chocolate, but it totally worked out in the end), and instead of orange extract and tangerine zest, I subbed in some orange marmalade.

I also upped the salt content a bit. The salt combined with the cooked sugar flavor of the marmalade is reminiscent of an orange salted caramel, so you’re getting both citrus and caramel flavors here. These Russian tea cake cookies are definitely a winner – add them to your holiday cookie plates ASAP!

This post originally appeared on Food Fanatic.