I chose the Jammy Biscuit recipe in Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter for the pure joy of seeing the look on Lori's face when she saw the biscuits "bleed." And yes, it made me laugh. A lot.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Makes 5 dozen.
1 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sour milk or buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Blackberry, raspberry, or strawberry jam
In a large bowl, cream the shortening and the sugars. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla; mix until smooth. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg; stir into the creamed mixture. Cover and chill.
On a floured surface, roll the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into 1 1/2 inch rounds. Place 1 teaspoon of jam each on half the rounds.; use the remaining rounds to top the jam-topped rounds. lightly seal the edges with a fork. With a sharp knife, cut shallow crisscross slits in the tops of the cookies to allow the steam to vent during baking.
Bake until golden brown, 10-15 minutes.
Reprinted from AUNT DIMITY: VAMPIRE Hunter by Nancy Atherton by permission of Penguin Books, a member of Penguin Putnam, Inc. Copyright 2008 by Nancy T. Atherton. All rights reserved. This excerpt, or any parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.