“Most of our childhood is stored not in photos, but in certain biscuits, lights of day, smells, textures of carpet.” – Author: Alain De Botton
Mocks exams are over, the sun is out and the holidays are nigh, what more could I ask for? Dare I say it, it is the start of Spring, my favourite season, with the flower blossoms blooming and despite my hair still being flung to and fro in the spring winds, I am sitting here OUTSIDE. Here I am with sunglasses on my head getting a start on that desperately needed tan as early as possible to get a head start on all the summer babes out there.
As for my bikini body…well this post sort of defeats the point of that as I have just baked some Jammy Dodger biscuits as a celebration for the end of my exams. I know it’s only my mocks but it’s so good to just pass another yearly milestone like that to help you get through the rest of the year. Usually, towards the end of the year, the milestones fluctuate between positive excitement and the more negative dread that exams inflict upon students. Next for me: the school ball! Then unfortunately the real exams, but I have holidays between now and then to worry about that, so for now I am as cool as a cucumber.
I actually spotted these little biscuits on my most-reliable source of information and ideas: Instagram. Just scrolling through my newsfeed I was pleasantly surprised to find these adorable baked goods under buzzfeeddiy, of which I am an avid follower purely for the cute DIY things that they post up which I would ideally love to make but, like a lot of DIY dreams, in reality I never find the time or have the energy. Story of my life! It is actually from the account of Steffi Knowles-Deliner, alwayssohungry, that these beauties originated from.
Funnily enough, they were made for the exact same reason that I have made them, for a choir called Lips. My mum has recently joined a female choir down in the local village and I thought that it would be cute if I made these for them, urged on by mum to do it, I thought “why not?”. Also, baking is a great therapeutic activity for me and so more for my mind than my body, I decided to undertake the task of making these biscuits, knowing that I had no lip-shaped cutters… However, I think that they turned out pretty great for an amateur baker.
There was no actual recipe that I could find for these exact ones so I searched up a basic recipe and worked from this one.
Serves approx. 15
250g softened butter
140g icing sugar
1 egg yolk
1tsp vanilla essence
375g plain flour
Jam of choice, I chose strawberry (for the red lips)
There are two options here, you can either use a food processor like I did because I’m pretty lazy, or you can do it the old school way. Either works, but if you choose to do it with a food processor, follow these directions the same way but remember that it takes a lot less time.
1. Whisk softened butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla essence and egg yolk.
2. Sift in flour gradually, mixing into a dough. (If using a food processor, you may have to take the dough out and combine it fully at the end because it may not come together as a ball of dough in the bowl.
3. Roll out dough in 4mm sheets (tip: roll between two sheets of baking paper to avoid mess and stickiness). Using a cutter or glass, cut out round discs until the dough is used up and place them on greaseproof baking sheets.
4. If you are a capable artist and can cut out the lip shape by hand with a knife, then just copy the shape from the pictures. If not, trace a stencil out and use that to guide you. Take half of the biscuits discs, cut out the lip shape from the centre of the discs.
5. Bake at 170°C for approx 15 mins or until golden. Mine took about 20 minutes so just keep an eye on them throughout the baking process.
6. Remove from oven and leave to cool. When cooled, spread the whole of each biscuit base with the jam of your choice and then place the tops on top to form a sandwich.
TADAAA. Jammy Dodger Lips, too cute for words!
It just goes to show that though they may look complicated, things are sometimes easier than they look. Who needs to buy a lip-shaped stencil when you can just carve your own! Easy-peasy.