Cherry Jam with Lemon-Pepper Shortbread

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Author Notes: The sweetness of this homemade cherry jam is nicely off-set by a fresh, spicy shortbread. A perfect summertime dessert that pairs beautifully with tea or coffee. - DolcettoConfectionsDolcettoConfections

Food52 Review: As Merrill pointed out, this brilliant dessert is like "a deconstructed Linzer torte." Instead of jam embedded in a shortbread dough, it's spooned on top. Which means you can make both components ahead of time (up to 2 days) and assemble them to serve. In fact, you should make the shortbread at least a day ahead because the lemon and pepper come out of hibernation with a little sitting. The other great detail about the shortbread is DolcettoConfections's technique for "rolling" it out. Instead of chilling the dough and rolling it, she has you pat the dough (right after mixing it) to a 1/4-inch-thick rectangle between layers of plastic wrap. The dough then chills quickly and is ready for cookie cutting. - A&MThe Editors

Serves 12

Cherry Jam

  • 1 1/3 cups cherries, pitted and quartered
  • 1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cherries, pitted and quartered, divided
  1. Place 1 1/3 cup cherries and granulated sugar in saucepan. Stir to evenly combine.
  2. Over high heat, stir cherries and sugar constantly, scraping the bottom of the pot to keep the sugar from burning. Stir until mixture is dark and thick, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add 1/4 cup cherries to mixture, stirring constantly. Bring mixture back to a boil, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add remaining 1/4 cup cherries, stirring constantly. Bring mixture to full boil, about 1 minutes.
  5. Immediately remove pot from stove and pour jam in clean bowl to cool. When jam has reached room temperature, cover and place in refrigerator.

Lemon-Pepper Shortbread

  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshy ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling
  1. In stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and confectioner's sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add vanilla, black pepper, salt and lemon zest. Paddle on medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add flour to mixture. Paddle on low speed until just combined.
  4. Turn dough out onto counter and shape into rectangle with 1/4" thickness. Cover in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare cookie sheet with SilPat or parchment paper.
  6. When dough is chilled, remove from refrigerator and unwrap. Using a 1.5" round cookie cutter, cut 12 rounds from the dough. Place on prepared cookie sheet and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees until golden, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool on rack.
  8. To serve: spoon desired amount of jam over shortbread.
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over 1 year ago Franca

Hi, is it just me but there something not right with the jam directions. It calls for a total of 1 1/3 cups of cherries in all but then there's 2 other additions of a 1/4 cup each therefore, do you add 1/2 cup less on the onset or does the recipe call for almost 2 cups of cherries total?



over 1 year ago darki

The sweetness of this homemade cherry jam is nicely off-set by a fresh, spicy shortbread Videos. A perfect summertime dessert that pairs beautifully with tea


about 2 years ago ken123

Sounds delicious. The cherries look like jewels!

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over 2 years ago elsapeyton

Nice to be visiting your blog once more, it's been months on behalf of me. Well this text that I’ve been waited for so long.
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over 3 years ago mrathmel

Can I use frozen cherries? I'm planning to take these to a party on Friday, they look divine!


almost 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Sounds delicious. The cherries look like jewels!


almost 5 years ago MissGinsu

Aha! I've had peppered strawberry jam (and loved it) but haven't tried pepper with cherries. Very nice!


almost 5 years ago Teri

I love the mix of cherries and pepper. Yum.


almost 5 years ago DolcettoConfections

Me too Teri! I love black pepper on just about everything, so I was pleased to come up with a dessert that used it as well!


almost 5 years ago Lizthechef

Your recipe looks yummy - how does your jam come together without some form of pectin? I'm new into "jamming" and looking at cherry jam recipes to try - best of luck!


almost 5 years ago DolcettoConfections

Hi Liz! The initial cooking of sugar and cherries releases all of the natural pectin found in the cherries. This really forms the "jam" base - the other two additions of cherries are simply for texture.

Good luck with your jamming!


almost 5 years ago dymnyno

Beautiful and simple...just dazzling!


almost 5 years ago DolcettoConfections

Many thanks!


almost 5 years ago Mariya

This is so great! I love the spiced shortbread! YUM


almost 5 years ago DolcettoConfections

Hi Mariya! The spiced shortbread is yummy! They are good by themselves, but I love the jam with them as well!


almost 5 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Called it! I knew this was a winner when I saw it congratulations--great recipe--I'm looking forward to trying it!


almost 5 years ago DolcettoConfections

Hi DrBabs! You did call it! Hope you enjoy your results!


almost 5 years ago arielleclementine

this is really lovely!


almost 5 years ago lapadia

Nice recipe; your cherry jam looks Lovely!


almost 5 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks wonderful!


almost 5 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I wish I could bake like you. This looks wonderful.