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Lunettes à la confiture

Classic French Lunettes a la confiture cookie recipe on eatlivetravelwrite.comThese “lunette” cookies are a classic French goûter (after school) snack. Sadly, the recipe didn’t make the cut for In the French kitchen with kids (though honestly, I could have written a WHOLE book dedicated to the goûter!) but that doesn’t stop me from sharing the one I’ve worked on for a little while now right here. I baked these over the weekend – the only Easter baking I did – and they *do* look a little Easter-y, even, don’t you think?

Lunettes a la confiture Bonne Mamancookie recipe on eatlivetravelwrite.comNamed for their shape (“glasses) these are a staple of French children’s after-school snacks (you can buy them in the boulangerie but also in the supermarket) and they were a favourite snack of mine when I lived in Paris in my 20s. Over the past few years I have been working on a cookie base for this recipe and much as I have played with it, I keep coming back to this version (the simplest!).

Lunettes a la confiture cookie recipe on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’ve been working with the new Bonne Maman “Intense” line of jams (more fruit, less sugar) for a while now (they officially launch in Ontario in May!) and I’m finding them perfect for so many baking projects (it is a great jam for my mini jam tarts because it spreads so nicely when it bakes!). Here, the intense fruity flavours really shine against the salty shortbread-y cookies and you could make a pretty plate of cookies if you used all the different flavours! I love the bright pop of a strawberry jam for these cookies but you can use anything you prefer. These are SO easy to make too – just a few ingredients and not much hands-on time either.

Yield: 20 cookies

Lunettes à la confiture

Lunettes à la confiture
Easy, buttery French "lunette" cookies sandwiched with jam.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chilling time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 225 g (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 125 g (9 tablespoons/ 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) salted butter
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg

For filling and assembly

  • Icing sugar
  • Jam of your choice

Instructions

Make the cookies:

  1. Pulse the flour, butter and sugar in a food processor fitted with a metal blade until the butter is evenly "cut in" and the mixture looks like coarse sand.
  2. Add the egg and pulse until the mixture clumps together in the bowl of the processor (the machine will sound different at this stage too). If you squeeze together some of the dough with your fingertips, it should stick together.
  3. Tip the dough into a large bowl and bring together to form a disk with your hands.
  4. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 375˚F and line 2 baking tray with parchment paper.
  6. On a floured surface or on floured parchment paper, roll the dough until it's just over 1/2 cm (1/4-inch) thick.
  7. Using an oval cookie cutter that's approx 9 cm (31/2 inches) in length, cut out 20 cookies.
  8. Place 10 cookies on a baking tray.
  9. Use the end of a piping tip to cut out 2 rounds from each of the remaining 10 cookies to make the "glasses".
  10. Place the remaining 10 cookies with cutouts on the second baking tray.
  11. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are just slightly golden.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Fill the cookies:

  1. Use a small mesh sieve to sprinkle icing sugar over the tops of the cutout cookies.
  2. Place approximately 1-2 teaspoons of jam on the plain cookies.
  3. Place the icing sugar dusted cutout cookies on top of the jam-topped cookies.
  4. Store in the fridge to allow the jam to set slightly. Bring to room temperature for a few minutes before serving.

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The sprinkle of icing sugar and the pop of the jam really make these simple cookies look so elegant – like you’ve spent way longer in the kitchen than you actually have (my favourite kind of treat!). Because they are homemade and this jam is a little looser than other commercial jams, I like to keep them in the fridge so they hold together better – bringing them out to room temperature before I serve them.

French Lunettes a la confiture cookie recipe on eatlivetravelwrite.com

What about you – what was your favourite after-school snack?

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Disclosure: I received some of the new Bonne Maman Intense jams from Bonne Maman Canada. I was not compensated for working with them and was not asked to write about them. All opinions are my own.

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2 Responses to Lunettes à la confiture

  1. Mr. Neil April 22, 2019 at 10:08 #

    Simple – but delicious.

    These brought to mind the (in)famous Peek Freans Fruit Crème biscuits. Sort of a classier version.

  2. Cakelaw April 22, 2019 at 17:53 #

    These are so cute and I bet they are delicious!

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