Toasted Buckwheat Jammie Dodgers

by Kiran on December 20, 2011 · 66 comments

in Baking, Christmas, Cookies

I was skyping with mom today, happily announcing my intentions to bake jammie dodgers. Growing up, these were one of my favorite cookies I love baking with mom during the holidays.

The fact that I don’t own proper cookie cutters is seemingly outrageous and down-right wrong.

I need to remedy this, SOON!

Buckwheat groats

For now, the solution would be to make-do with what I have, instead. Starry shaped cookies without a cut-out hole in between to reveal the jam. One of many sad stories of my life – le sigh.

Please oh please use a small center cookie cut-out . Don’t be like me. I tend to go for the simplest route.

And that is making-do. Don’t settle, people.

Perfect example would be my friend at Pease Pudding, who made delicious Christmas Jammie Dodgers — i applaud her choice of cookie cutters.

Simply original.

What are Jammie Dodgers?

Shortbread or butter cookies, sandwiched with jam.

In other words: DELICIOUSNESS!

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  • 1 cup toasted buckwheat groats*
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (or 2 sticks) of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp spices (a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves)
  • Preference of jam
  • Powdered sugar aka pixie’s dust 😉


  1. Grind toasted and cooled buckwheat groats into fine flour. If you have buckwheat flour, that’s perfect.
  2. In a stand mixer, add butter and sugar. Cream till it turns pale yellow, gradually adding one egg, vanilla extract, spice mix.
  3. While mixer is on low, add buckwheat & whole wheat flour. Mix until combined and forms a soft, slightly crumbly dough.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F.
  5. Scrape dough onto wax paper and form a flatten disc. Add another wax paper on top of the disc to prevent sticking.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  7. Cut out shapes using your favorite cookie cutter. Place cookie cut outs on a nonstick cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Remove baked cookies on a cooling rack to completely cool.
  9. Dot some of your favorite (i used cranberry) jam in between 2 pieces of cookies and gently press to seal.
  10. Just before serving, sprinkle on some pixie’s dust!

*Note: Toasted buckwheat groats are nutty in flavor, light and crispy in texture. If you can’t find buckwheat, almond flour is the next best choice.


Have a Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas & a very Happy Holidays 🙂

Have you sampled jammie dodgers before? What were your favorite cookie, growing up?

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1 Baker Street December 20, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Oh my! These starry shaped dodgers are drool inducing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
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2 Kiran December 28, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Baker Street,
Thanks sweetie — Have a Happy New Year 🙂

3 Nami | Just One Cookbook December 21, 2011 at 3:15 AM

Wah….. the star shape dodgers look beautiful. How you presented for photo shoot is amazing. I think you don’t need a center cut out – these already look fantastic!!
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4 Kiran December 28, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Thanks a lot sweetie — Hope you are having a very Happy Holiday 🙂

5 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 21, 2011 at 4:09 AM

Ha! What a cute name-makes them very memorable indeed! And freshly made jammie dodgers would be the bomb! 😀
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6 Kiran December 28, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Thanks sweetie — in the UK, it is called “linzer cookies”.. Either names, it’s yummy and that’s the one and only important factor 😉
Have a wonderful New Year 🙂

7 Keerthana December 21, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Kiran, those dodgers look awesome. They look simply great without the center cut out too! and oh, beautiful pictures!
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8 Kiran December 28, 2011 at 12:35 AM

Thanks sweetie — Happy New Year 🙂

9 Parsley Sage December 21, 2011 at 7:57 AM

Oh, I think your jammie dodgers are lovely! Who needs a circle cut out? Not me! I’m pro-star 🙂
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10 Kiran December 28, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Parsley Sage,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments!
Have a Happy New Year, sweetie 🙂

11 chinmayie @ love food eat December 21, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Looks beautiful! Love the sugar dust on top 🙂

12 Kiran December 28, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Thanks sweetie — Have a wonderful New Year 🙂

13 Melanie @ Melanie Cooks December 21, 2011 at 3:39 PM

These look so crispy! Beautiful shape!

14 Kiran December 28, 2011 at 12:18 AM

Thanks sweetie — Happy New Year 🙂

15 Rebecca December 21, 2011 at 5:33 PM

lovely cookies we grew up with Jammy dodgers too yum
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16 Kiran December 28, 2011 at 12:17 AM

Thanks sweetie — Have a very Happy New Year 🙂

17 Ann December 22, 2011 at 12:27 AM

My husband is sitting next to me and I showed him this cookie – these are brilliant! This is his kind of cookie…mine, too!
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18 Kiran December 28, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Say my “thanks” to your hubby! You both are way too kind 🙂
Have a very Happy New Year, sweetie 🙂

19 Angie@Angiesrecipes December 22, 2011 at 1:12 AM

I just bought some buckwheat too! hehe…love those cookies..they look awesome!
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20 Kiran December 28, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Thanks sweetie — Have a very Happy New Year 🙂

21 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective December 22, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Holy cuteness! I’ll take a dozen. 🙂
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22 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Thanks sweetie — Have a very Happy New Year 🙂

23 Nava Krishnan December 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

I have not heard of the first ingredients you have used but sure the outcome is amazing. Would love to sample this.
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24 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 11:58 PM

You can sub buckwheat groat/flour with almond/whole wheat/all purpose flour etc.. The possibilities are endless!

Have a very Happy New Year 🙂

25 linda @spiceboxtravels December 22, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Gorgeous! And the name is so fun. Are they usually made with buckwheat or is this your tasty twist? I have almond flour in the cupboard, so I’m glad you suggested that substitution. BTW, I think it is such a nice touch (and great technology) that you link to your commenters most recent posts. Which reminds me that I should write a new post 🙂 Happy holidays!
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26 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 11:52 PM

Thanks sweetie — these are usually made with butter cookies. I simply healtified this recipe with buckwheat, but you can pretty much use any flour your heart desires 🙂

As for linking up to my commenters recent post, I am using a plugin called “Comment Luv” 🙂

Happy New Year!!!

27 Deeps @ Naughty Curry December 22, 2011 at 12:41 PM

oh it looks so pretty & i love the name… the min i read it, 1st thing came to my mind was harry potter! haha 🙂

28 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 11:45 PM

You are so funny — jammie dodgers & harry potter? I get it 😉
Happy New Year, sweetie 🙂

29 Asmita December 22, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Hi Kiran,
Those dodgers look so cute and festive. The photographs are beautiful as usual.

30 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Hi Asmita,
Thanks sweetie — Have a very Happy New Year 🙂

31 Simply Life December 22, 2011 at 4:08 PM

oh I love how festive these are!
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32 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Thanks honey — Have a Happy New Year 🙂

33 Charles December 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Oh, I used to love Jammy Dodgers when I was growing up, and then I discovered something… wait for it… even better</strong! If you have the chance to go to IKEA, look for a type of biscuit in their food store called "Ballerina". It's almost the same but they have some frosting in the middle too…. so good! I never thought of making my own to be honest, and these look so yummy. Definitely a good idea. Will be trying these in the new year! Thanks for visiting my blog today 🙂

34 Charles December 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

oops, I forgot to close the tag with a “>” so now the whole comment is in bold :p Sorry 😀

35 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Thank you for visiting my blog as well and welcome to Recipebox 🙂 I would definitely hunt down for the Ballerina cookies from Ikea. If you try this recipe for the New Years, let me know how it tastes. Have a very Happy New Year, buddy 🙂

36 Glamorous Glutton December 22, 2011 at 4:56 PM

The jammie dodgers look great, really festive flavours and so much more delicious when they’re home made. GG
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37 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Thanks honey — Have a very Happy New Year 🙂

38 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 22, 2011 at 10:01 PM

they are so perfect! you have some seriously good cookie cutout skills 🙂

39 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Aww.. thanks sweetie 🙂 Have a very Happy New Year to you, Skylar and Scott!!

40 Carolyn Jung December 22, 2011 at 10:53 PM

I’ve sampled many a jam cookie in my day, but never heard of the term “jammy dodgers.” Cute! It makes me want to get into my jammies to eat them. 😉

41 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Haha! You are too cute! Happy New Year, sweetie 🙂

42 Jennifer (Delicieux) December 23, 2011 at 12:16 AM

Yum!!! Your star shaped Jammie Dodgers are gorgeous!!! I love the jam slightly oozing out of the sides!
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43 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Thanks a lot sweetie — you made my day!! Have a very Happy New Year 🙂

44 easyfoodsmith December 23, 2011 at 1:18 AM

Had never heard of Jammi Dodgers before…though when you explained, I knew I have had them before! They love awesome and very festive. Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year 🙂
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45 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Thanks sweetie — Have a very Happy New Year!

46 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 23, 2011 at 2:41 AM

These are one of my favorites, especially when sandwiched with raspberry jam.
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47 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 6:34 PM

I concur with you on raspberry jam 🙂

48 Reem | Simply Reem December 24, 2011 at 4:18 PM

All I can say is that Kiran these look magnificent…

49 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Thanks sweetie — and a very Happy New Year to you and the family 🙂

50 Kasey December 24, 2011 at 5:03 PM

I cook with buckwheat flour all the time, but I never would have thought to make my own from buckwheat groats. What a fantastic idea! I’ll have to try it sometime. Happy holidays!

51 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments! Have a very Happy New Year, sweetie 🙂

52 Katherine Martinelli December 25, 2011 at 2:06 PM

These look just perfect! I’ve had cookies like this before but am not sure if we called them jammie dodgers. Delicious! I love the buckwheat groats in there. Merry Christmas!

53 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Thanks sweetie — I never knew it is called jammie dodgers as well until I googled it 😉 Have a very Happy New Year!

54 Gayatri December 25, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Can you post me some 🙂 🙂

Merry Christmas Kiran!
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55 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Email me your home address — I am serious 🙂 Have a Happy New Year, sweetie 🙂

56 Uma December 25, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Jammie Dodgers aka Deliciousness are very inviting. I like them even then they don’t have a cut out hole. Simply addictive.

Merry Christmas to you!!!

57 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments 🙂 Have a Happy New Year!

58 Khushboo December 26, 2011 at 1:00 AM

I grew up on Jammie Dodgers and they still reserve a warm spot in my heart- LOVE them, especially dunked in tea! Although the ones I use to eat typically involved butter cookies, I am loving the healthy spin of these!
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59 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 6:21 PM

I love the butter cookies version as well — just had to healthy-fy these in order to gobble up more 😉

60 Yummy Morsel December 26, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Very nicely presented. They sure lovely!
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61 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Yummy Morsel,
Thanks and Happy New Year 🙂

62 Kristi Rimkus December 27, 2011 at 10:49 AM

I’ve never heard of these cookies. I wish I would have seen your recipe before the holiday baking craziness. I’ve saved it for next year. Have a good New Year!
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63 Kiran December 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Thanks sweetie — i think jammie dodgers are worth making any time of the year 🙂
Happy Holidays!

64 Ira Rodrigues December 28, 2011 at 2:27 AM

yah, let the jam to be hidden surprise without the center cut out :))
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65 Magic of Spice December 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Kiran these are simply beautiful…proper cookie cutter or not! And the name is so cute 🙂
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66 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ December 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Buckwhat, I used in a stew… not the best I ever made. I’m sure these cookies are very tasty instead.
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