These Jam Sandwich cookies will remind you of holiday baking with your family. The cookie sampler brings you four incredible flavors to try: raspberry lemon, blackberry lime, marionberry rosemary sea salt, and strawberry balsamic marjoram.
I love shortbread cookies with a cup of good, hot black tea, and this English Breakfast tea from Butiki Teas proved to be just the right choice! The richness of the tea together with the buttery, sumptuous flavor of the cookies was just heavenly!
What I Think:
Oh my goodness! Is there anything better than a buttery shortbread cookie? I think – other than peanut butter blossoms – that shortbread might just be my favorite kind of cookie. And really, peanut butter blossoms are my favorite for sentimental reasons – they remind me of gramma.
But when it comes to the taste my palate craves, it’s butter shortbread cookies all the way! I just love them. So rich and delicious … I love the way the cookie just sort of crumbles over the palate and then seems to melt on the tongue, tasting of deliciously sweet butter. YUM!
So, needless to say, I was thrilled when this cute little basket filled with four shortbread cookies … and because these are jam sandwich cookies that means double the shortbread pleasure. And with a bakery name like Butter + Love, the buttery part of the shortbread is implied, isn’t it? I knew I was in for a rich, buttery treat!
The first thing I notice about this sampler is that each of the four cookies are different, so, I consult the Butter + Love website to find out which one was which! Here are my thoughts on each cookie:
Marionberry Rosemary Sea Salt: This cookie is a culinary experience in savory and sweet. The marionberry jam is sweet with just a hint of tartness to it. I like that I am not noticing a lot of seeds from the marionberry jam here. The rosemary is baked right in to the cookie, and it delivers a savory taste to the otherwise sweet, almost creamy taste of the shortbread. Slightly resinous and woodsy tasting, I think that the rosemary gives this gourmet treat an almost rustic kind of taste. The touch of sea salt here adds not so much of a salty taste (there is a bit of that too, though), and acts more to accentuate the flavors. It brings out the buttery taste of the shortbread and marionberry and rosemary.
Blackberry Lime: This was the next cookie I grabbed from the basket. Another love at first bite! Here I am able to notice the texture of the cookie better, I think, and I realize that these are not “golden brown” but quite pale. They look like they might even be slightly underbaked, although they do not taste like it. No doughy taste, they taste as though they’ve been perfectly cooked. But what this pale color means is that there is very little crunch or crispy snap to the cookie, instead, it is soft and crumbly. I like! I like! It tastes very fresh and I love the soft texture. And the blackberry and lime is a compelling contrast of sweet and tart. A well conceived combination of flavors.
Strawberry Balsamic Marjoram: YUM! I love this sampler … every single cookie is like a new adventure. The one thing in common between the four cookies is the cookie itself … the buttery shortbread. But for the two square cookies – this and the Marionberry Rosemary Sea Salt cookie – there are other ingredients added to the shortbread. Here, the addition is marjoram. The marjoram gives the cookie a slightly citrus-y undertone with just a hint of woodsy flavor. The strawberry balsamic jam is delightfully sweet and tart, and I like that the balsamic is just a hint of flavor, acting more to accentuate the strawberry rather than take on a big presence of its own… except in the aftertaste, where I notice the balsamic more. This was a really yummy cookie.
Raspberry Lemon: I saved this one for last because I had a feeling it would be my favorite … I love lemon cookies, and I love the combination of raspberry and lemon. This is delightful! The raspberry gives just a little bit of sweetness, and the lemon brightens the whole cookie.
My Final Thoughts:
While the Raspberry Lemon was my favorite of the bunch, I loved every single one of these cookies … and I don’t know that I’d choose one over another! I’d want to get all four of them again … these are definitely going on my re-order list!