Cheat’s “Macarons” with Jam & Cream

There is a universal love all over the world for cake with cream and jam; it’s an age-old trend. You’ll find it in the form of swiss rolls, cream cakes, cupcakes, whoopie pies, scones and cookies – it’s just one of those combos that work. These soft little cookies were made from regular cupcake batter, piped onto a lined baking sheet, then filled with a swirl of jam and cream. And yes, they resemble French macarons.
But they are so much easier to make than macarons, with none of the frustration or effort! You can also fill these treats with caramel or your favourite version of butter icing. They are delicate, yet really simple – perfect for a special teatime treat.

Ingredients for batter

  • 125 g cake flour
  • 125 g butter
  • 125 g sugar
  • 5 ml baking powder
  • 2.5 ml baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 ml vanilla essence
  • 30 ml milk

For the jam and cream filling

  • 1/2 cup berry jam
  • 250 ml cream
  • icing sugar for dusting

Steps

  • Step 1 for batter

    Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  • Step 2

    Place all the ingredients except the milk in a food processor, then process for about 15 seconds. Scrape down the sides, then process again. With the motor running, add the milk, then process for another 30 seconds until the mixture becomes very silky and smooth.
  • Step 3

    Transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a relatively small nozzle, then pipe the batter in circles of about 2-3 cm in diameter, leaving enough space in between for rising.
  • Step 4

    Bake in the pre-heated oven for 5-8 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies. They should be firm and lightly straw coloured, but not brown.
  • Step 5

    Remove the cookies from the oven, then carefully transfer them with a spatula to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat this process to use up all the batter.
  • Step 1 for filling

    If the jam you are using is quite chunky, use a stick blender and a tall cup to process it to a smooth pulp. This will make it easier to pipe.
  • Step 2

    Whisk the cream in a separate mixing bowl until just stiff (but not too stiff), then gently stir in the smooth jam – it doesn’t have to be mixed completely.
  • Step 3

    Transfer the cream and jam mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle of your choice, then pipe the mixture on the inside of the cooled cookies. Use more cookies to close them up like little sandwiches. Dust with icing sugar, then serve.