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.

 

Apple Hand Pies

Exciting news! I’m now a contributor at Food Fanatic, where I will be posting a few times a month about recipes using preserves. First up are these hand pies for Thanksgiving!

Apple hand pies are made with fresh apples, maraschino cherries and apple butter, all wrapped in a flaky buttery pie crust. Completely irresistible!

Apple Hand Pies for Thanksgiving // SavvyEat.com

When it comes to apple pie recipes, I look for a few specific things. First, the pie must have a high crust-to-filling ratio (or crumble-to-filling ratio, if you prefer crisps). And if there are pictures attached, I’m looking for a super-flaky, buttery-looking crust. If the crust is crummy, why bother with pie?

A few winters ago, I set out to find the very best pie crust possible. I tried all-butter crusts, all-shortening crusts and everything in between. The winner was a crust that used one-quarter shortening and three-quarters butter…but not by much. Since I rarely keep shortening around, I usually fall back on the close second-place winner: an all-butter crust that is still relatively easy to handle, and very flaky.

So that’s my standby pie crust. But while the crust may stay the same, the fillings I use rarely do. For apple pie recipes, I want ones where the filling is made with fresh apples and lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. The peeling and dicing might feel a little tedious, but if the reward at the end is a pie filling chock-full of fruit flavor and apple pieces with a little texture to them, I consider it to be well worth it.

Apple Hand Pies // savvyeat.com

For this apple hand pies recipe, a little apple butter goes a long way in helping to thicken the pie filling and adds a little sweetness so you can cut back on the sugar. Basically, adding those few tablespoons is a win-win! I also added some homemade maraschino cherries to add a little variety to the apple pie filling. If you choose to make your own cherries instead of buying them at the store, set aside a few jars for the holidays – they make a great host or hostess gift.

Psst: Since you only need a few tablespoons of apple butter, you’ll have most of a jar left. Try using the rest in grilled cheese or on a flatbread!