Apple Cranberry Homemade Jam
- 1 (makes about 2 cups of peeled and diced apple) Granny Smith apples
- 1 cup Fresh cranberries
- 1 - 1/4 cup Sugar white
- 1/4 cup Water
- *1 tsp (Whatever your blend is for the holiday) Holiday spice blend
- 1 TBSP Lemon juice
- 1 TBSP Lemon zest
- 8 oz (softened) Cream Cheese
- 1 cup (2 sticks room temperature) Butter unsalted
- 1 cup (198 g) Sugar white
- 2 - 1/2 cups (300 g) All purpose flour
- Sprinkle on top Powdered sugar
Looking in my refrigerator, I saw a fresh cranberries bag in a drawer that I purchased about 2 weeks ago. They were the first to hit the fruit section in the store for the year, so I grabbed a bag. Not sure what I was going to do with them, but I wanted something that had apple and cranberries in them. So many choices, so I started looking up flavors that went well together. Of course, orange and cranberry go together very well since we have relishes made of these two ingredients for Christmas. But I wanted to add a little fall into these cookies, so I added a Granny Smith apple. LOVE these apples. They hold their shape and do not get mushy in the cookies.
The jam is so easy to make. Just a few ingredients cook on the stove, then let it cool. I added just a little lemon zest and juice to wake up the flavors. Speaking of flavors, I like cloves and cinnamon with my cranberries but was have a hard time deciding on the ratio. A friend of mine just became a Pampered Chef consultant, so I purchased a few things from a few of my friend’s virtual parties. My good friend said they had a few spices that were going to come up for the holidays, and after looking at them, I purchased. They arrived just in time for making these cookies. The one I used for this cookie is called Cinnamon Plus. It had all the spices I wanted plus orange peel. I think it is a perfect choice.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy these cookies and drop me a line to let me know.
Things I use:
Apple Cranberry Homemade Jam
* The holiday blend I used was the Cinnamon Plus by Pampered Chef. You can make your own depending on what spices you add together. Usually, it is cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and more. It does not have to be all them just what you like. Pampered Chef added orange peel in theirs, and that sounded really good to me. Just had to try it...
Peel and dice the Granny smith apple and diced it pretty small. These pieces will need to go into a well in the center of the cookie. Zest and juice 1 lemon into 2 bowls and set aside.
In a medium-size saucepan, add the cranberries, diced apple pieces, water, and sugar, bringing the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Don't worry about the size of the whole cranberries. They will pop open and become small. Stir constantly for about 10 minutes till the cranberries open, and the apple pieces soften. Add the lemon zest and juice plus the holiday spice blend. Stir and cook until it starts to thicken and become syrupy. Transfer to glass containers to cool. This recipe for the jam will make 2 batches of these cookies. I have 4 small canning jars that I put mine into to cool. I use 2 for this recipe and can make another batch to use the other two later.
Weigh or measure the flour and sugar into two separate bowls and set them aside. In a stand or handheld mixer, add the cream cheese and butter, blending on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sugar and blend till it looks like a thick cake batter (about 2 minutes). It will look smooth. Stop and scrape down the sides and the bottom of the mixing bowl and blend for another 30 seconds. Turn the mixer onto low speed and gradually add the flour till incorporated. Cover loosely and refrigerate for an hour.
Taking your thumb and pushing down right through the middle of the dough ball to make a well. I move my thumb around in a circular motion, so the well opens up some to accommodate more of the jam. Fill the well with the jam. I use a teaspoon to push the jam off the spoon easier than using a measuring spoon.