My neighbor, Ruth, has been telling me about this amazing cookie recipe she discovered years ago while she and her husband were living overseas in Germany. She promised the next time she made them, she’d call me so she could walk me through the process. Sure enough, just after Thanksgiving, I got a phone call one afternoon and Ruth was making cookies! I immediately hopped in the car, drove over to her house and got a firsthand lesson on how to make them. These Fanciful Raspberry Ribbons aren’t hard by any means, but I’m glad Ruth showed me exactly what to do, because there is a special way of getting these little ribbons just right. Fanciful Raspberry Ribbons are so pretty and the raspberry jam on a delicate little butter cookie drizzled with just a hint of almond glaze is pure joy in a tiny bite. These Fanciful Raspberry Ribbons were passed around among the ladies over in Germany and when I tell you that Ruth has these tiny little delights down to a science, she has got them down to a science! It was a raspberry ribbon making factory in her kitchen. Every step perfectly planned out and timed, so you can make these in a snap.
It’s hard to argue that any cookie needs a special occasion, but these really are perfect for Christmas. The great thing about the Fanciful Raspberry Ribbons, is that you can get creative and use any flavor of jam you like. Apricot, orange marmalade, lemon curd. You can even play around with the powdered sugar drizzle. Swap it out for a chocolate drizzle or flavor it with another extract that would pair well with the jam you’re using. I will note that Ruth told me in the past she has tried vanilla extract in place of the almond. While it tastes equally as delicious, the vanilla tints the glaze just a tiny bit, whereas the almond keeps it fairly white. I told you she had these perfected!
I’ll be really anxious to hear from any of you if you try these. I was so thrilled and honored that Ruth was kind enough to let me blog her recipe. This is what makes what I do so fun. I get to play in the kitchen with friends and then share it with you! Best. Job. EVER!!!
Ruthie’s Fanciful Raspberry RibbonsSERVES 64 Ribbons PrintDownload
- 1 cup of butter, softened
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1-1/2 cups raspberry jam (with seeds makes a prettier cookie, but use what you like)
- Glaze :
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 3-4 tsp milk
- Mix the butter for about 30 seconds with an electric mixer. Add in half of the flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and egg. Combine thoroughly and then add the remaining flour. When the rest of the flour is mixed in, form the dough into a ball. Cut the ball into eight equal portions. Roll each portion into a 9 inch rope. If you don't have a ruler, it's about the full length of a wooden spoon. Lightly press a groove in the center of the rope using the side of your hand or the handle of a wooden spoon. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Bake the cookies for 10 minutes at 375.
- While the cookies are baking, stir the jam in a bowl to make it spreadable.
- Remove the cookies and fill the grooves with jam. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes.
- Allow the cookies too cool for a bit. While they're cooling, prepare the glaze.
- Mix the powdered sugar, almond extract and milk together until smooth. Pour it into a sandwich baggie, making sure it ends up in one corner of the bag.
- When the cookies are slightly cool, snip the end of the sandwich baggie and drizzle the glaze over the cookies in a zig zag pattern.
- Cut each rope into eighths, creating 1 inch ribbon cookies.