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Empire Cookies Recipe

Empire Cookies

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"Jam filled shortbread cookies have been a longtime favorite on Scottish and English tea tables. Now popular in Canada! Store in a covered tin."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings


  1. Cream butter. Add sugar, creaming well. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 2 inch rounds, and place on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes, or until very lightly browned at edges. Cool thoroughly.
  4. Spread half of the cookies with jam, and top with remaining cookies.
  5. Combine confectioners' sugar, almond extract, and enough hot water to make a thin icing. Frost tops of cookies. Top each with a small piece of candied cherry.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 21, 2008

Exactly the kind of cookie I had in mind! These turned out looking great and tasting rich and buttery. Tip for the previous reviewer who found them messy to roll out: I rolled about half of the dough between 2 large sheets of wax paper. (Put the rest of the dough in the fridge until you're ready for it.) The wax paper keeps the dough from sticking to your rolling pin and work surface - you don't even need to use any flour. Peel off the top sheet and do your cut-outs. The cookies will also be easy to lift off from the bottom sheet. Also, you can keep re-rolling the scraps of dough without having to worry that you've added too much flour to the recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 21, 2011

I was not a fan of these cookies. I think the recipe was easy to follow and i thought they were going to taste great but it had a funny taste to it. Not sure what I would do to change it next time.


74 Ratings

Sep 22, 2006

My dough was very dry and crumbly and hard to work with, then after the initial taste test I thought that these were very dry and not that good at all. But after letting them sit in a covered container overnight, the rasberry jam (I used seedless) moistened those cookies and they ended up being really good. i don't know how to make the dough easier to work with if I should try adding another egg or some milk perhaps?

Jan 24, 2006

These are exactly the Empire Cookie I was looking for. My changes include enhancing the flavouring a bit. I used pure vanilla extract I also bumped up the almond a bit. I used a very small round cookie cutter to make a very delicate sized cookie. I only put one very tiny piece of marschino cherry in the centre. Tht is how I remember them from the bakery. I added a few tablespoons of wheat germ to add texture to the dough. I put the jam on the one half of the cookie, then left that jam covered half open on racks for awhile so the jam could "dry out a bit" then I closed it up with the top cookie.and iced it. Yes, a bit of work, but worth it.

Jan 25, 2004

Super easy to make and were a huge hit!

Jan 25, 2004

This are easy and look so fancy with the sandwich effect and the icing drizzled on top. I've made these several times. Very popular with family and friends and perfect for kids to help with. Thanks for the great recipe Marguerite!

Jan 09, 2007

I followed the recipe exactly & they turned out great. I made them on Friday (today is Tuesday) & they are still wonderful! Be sure to store them in a covered contatiner as other reviewer's have suggested.

Dec 28, 2010

great cookies - best shortbread ever


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  • Calories
  • 266 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.7 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 38 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 8.3 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 104 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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