I’m going to geek out a little bit right now and tell you all about my favorite TV show, Doctor Who. If you’ve never seen the show, it’s about a two thousand year old space-time-traveling, face-changing alien called The Doctor. He basically saves the universe on a weekly basis with his time machine and various human companions. Now that you’re all caught up, why am I posting about this on Christmas Eve? It’s because the BBC airs a special episode on Christmas Day each year, and it’s a huge television event around the world. I realize that “space-time travel” doesn’t exactly sound very Christmas-ey, but trust me, it’s the best Christmas tradition ever.
In a few episodes, the Doctor mentions that his favorite cookies are Jammie Dodgers, a popular biscuit in the UK. So, what could be a better snack to have while watching the Christmas special than these cookies? I googled the ingredients for Jammie Dodgers and found out they are actually vegan (COOL!) but unfortunately not gluten free. Naturally, I had to create a gluten free and vegan recipe for all of you gluten free Whovians out there. They’re a perfect dessert to have for your holiday dinner, or the part right after dinner when you sneak away to watch the Christmas episode of your favorite show.
The Doctor with his Jammie Dodger!
Jammie Dodgers are traditionally made with shortbread cookies and raspberry jam. The recipe below is for shortbread cookies, but I also tested these out with my Vegan Gluten Free Sugar Cookies and they were awesome. Shortbread and sugar cookies are similar, but shortbread cookies have fewer ingredients and are heavier on the butter. I adapted my shortbread recipe from Martha Stewart.
2 cups gluten free flour mix: 3/4 cup brown rice flour, 3/4 cup gluten free oat flour, 1/4 cup potato starch, 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut butter
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup cold water
1) Place the cup of coconut butter into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds until smooth. Add the sugar and beat for another 30 seconds. Add the vanilla, flour, and salt, and beat the mixture until it is crumbly and everything is incorporated.
2) Add 1/4 cup water and 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce to the bowl and mix with your hands until completely incorporated. The dough should stick together at this point.
3) Divide the dough in half, wrap each half in plastic, and refrigerate for one hour.
4) Remove from the fridge and let the dough warm up for an hour before rolling it out.
5) Line a cookie tray with parchment paper, and preheat the oven to 325F.
6) Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a piece of parchment paper. Use a circle cookie cutter about 3 inches wide to cut out circles from the dough. You should end up with about 20 circles.
Note: Jammie Dodgers are sandwich cookies with jam in the middle. The bottom cookie is a full circle, and the top has a hole cut out of the middle. So if you have 20 circles of dough, you’ll end up with 10 Jammie Dodgers.
7) Take half of the circles and cut a hole out of the middle with a cookie cutter or a knife. The hole can be circular or heart-shaped!
8) Transfer all the cookies to the cookie sheet and bake at 325F for 15 minutes until golden brown at the edges. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 30 minutes.
9) Spread jam on each of the bottom cookies (the full circles). Place the top cookies (holes in the middle) on top of the jam.