Sunday, 17 January 2016

Ruby Jewel Cookies (William Sonoma)


These cookies sparkle!  Is this why it’s called Ruby Jewel Cookies?  These little cookies are very pretty and yummy.  The jam makes these cookies so tasty.  These cookies will be good for CNY and I believe it will be impressed the guests with its shimmering effect.
I was feeling down before I made these cookies, as I was trying out a bread recipe that didn’t turn out well.  When I was kneading the bread, the texture wasn’t right and it was true, the bread didn’t turn out as expected.  I was feeling lousy because time had wasted on the recipe that doesn’t work at all. 

Anyway, I’m glad to have chosen to bake these pretty cookies immediately after that.   You know why?  By looking at these shimmering cookies, it made the rest of my day! *wink*
It has been awhile since I last baked along.  I’m glad I have made it this time for these beautiful cookies to be shared at Bake-Along.

Here’s the recipe from William Sonoma Baking. 
I have half it to make about 48 cookies.

2                Large egg yolks
1 tsp          Vanilla extract
2 ¼ cups   (360g) All-purpose flour
2/3 cup     (150g) Granulated sugar
1 cup        (250g) Cold unsaled butter, cut into small pieces
                  Seedless Raspberry Jam or other thick jam
                 Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional and I skipped)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Have ready 2 ungreased baking sheets or miniature muffin pans and, if desired about 5 dozen miniature paper muffin liners. I chose to have miniature paper muffin liners.

 In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks and vanilla together, set aside.

In a food processor, combine the flour and granulated sugar. Process briefly to blend. With the machine running, add the butter 2-3 pieces at a time and process until the mixture looks crumbly. With the machine still running, add the egg yolk mixture and process until blended and the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Turn dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and shape or roll it into a flat disk. Wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hr.

With lightly floured hands, shape the dough into 3/4 inch (2 cm) balls. Place each ball in a paper liner, if using. Place the cookies 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart on the baking sheets or in the muffin pans.

Using the end of a wooden spoon handle dipped in flour to prevent sticking, make an indentation in the center of each cookie, but do not press all the way through the dough. Using a spoon or a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip, fill each indentation with about 1/4 tsp jam.

Bake the cookies until the edges are golden, 15-20 mins. Let the cookies cool completely in the pans on wire racks. If baking on sheets without paper liners, use a thin spatula to loose the cookies carefully while they are still warm. Transfer the cooled cookies to wire racks and dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

I’m submitting this post to Bake-Along #90 on Ruby Jewel Cookies. Baking along with Zoe(Bake for Happy Kids), Lena(Frozen Wings) and Joyce(Kitchen Flavours)

I’m also submitting this post for Cook and Celebrate CNY 2016, organized by Yen(GoodyFoodies) Diana(The Domestic Goddess Wannabe) and Zoe(Bake for Happy Kids)



  1. Hi Amy, sorry to hear about your failed bread. Luckily these pretty cookies made up for them :)

    Thanks for linking with us -Yen

  2. Sparkling cookies ! Wow ! Surely taste good. Can I wear these as jewellery? Hee .. hee..
    Wishing you & family a blessed Lunar New Year!

  3. Hi Amy,

    Happy that you have managed to bake these cookies. Happy that you like them too.

    It's a little late but better than never. Shhh... don't tell anyone that I have linked the post for you... LOL!


  4. Hi Amy,
    Looking at your cookies, I am wishing I have some right now for munching. We love these cookies too, kinda addictive and cannot stop eating at just one or two!
    Sorry to hear about the bread. Is it the cranberry bread that you said you wanted to try?

    1. Hi Joyce,
      No. No. No. Definitely not the recipe from you. I haven't tried making the cranberry bread. For time being, I will stop bread as I want to do CNY baking :D

  5. Lovely cookies , great with a cup of tea ! YUM ;)

  6. Thanks for sharing.

    Eileen Tan

  7. Lovely cookies! shall try it out soon for CNY :) Thank you!

  8. Hi Amy, I could understand yr feeling when time spent on a recipe that doesn't work. I've been thru it and was feeling very down but failure will only lead us to try again. So yeah, don't give up k!
    Yr ruby jewel looks so sparkly and pretty! :)

  9. These cookies look real cute in the mini liners and bet they taste good!

  10. These cookies look real cute in the mini liners and bet they taste good too!

  11. Really looks like sparkling jewels ! Definitely taste yummy !

  12. Wow, looks really delicious!

  13. Hi Amy,

    These cookies look amazing and I bet they're super yummy too! I would be feeling comforted too!

  14. hi amy! it has been quite some time i last dropped by here..hope everything's well with you and good to know that these shimmering cookies had made you happy baking them :)

  15. Beautiful cookies! I would need to use Splenda and sugar free jam cuz hubs is diabetic. What I really love is those Chinese Almond Cookies. I've tried, but never can get them to taste like the commercial ones. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I was just thinking of jam-filled cookies last night. I like how they are baked in muffin liners. They look great ;)

  17. Hi Amy

    Jewelry at any time is always good, especially when they are edible :P

  18. Life is about how to pick yourself up when you fall... Great turn around.
    Keep the yummy recipes coming along!

  19. Nice and yummy cookie! Now can use up my jam faster.. Lol ^_^

  20. OMG I wish I could eat gluten! I love jammy cookies.. I need to hunt down a gluten free version. Yum!

  21. oh these look just like something my mum used to bake. She used to make various batches with different flavoured jams. So yummy.

  22. I love these cookies.

  23. These look so yummy! And really appreciated the detailed step by step guide! Looking forward to making these soon! Haha!

  24. Great recipe.... sure taste awesome

  25. Gonna try this one out, thanks!

  26. I suppose you could use different flavoured jams too!

  27. these look good! i love seeing new recipes!

  28. This looks interesting and unique!

  29. This looks like an amazing recipe to try out. Thank you for posting it.

  30. Bailey Dexter I will be making these on the weekend, but I am going to try them gluten free. Thanks for sharing the recipes!

  31. Hi Amy, these cookies in paper cups look good. Bookmarked to try.

  32. Nice! will definitely try this!

  33. These look sooooooo delicious!!! I'll have to try and make them! :)

  34. they look beautifull

  35. Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely try to make them soon.

  36. I love love love cookies filled with jam. they are one of my favourites!

    - amber y