Danish Jam Tarts as made by my Mom’s bestie…

Holiday traditions, everyone has them.  As I get older, I have a few of my own.  The one I look forward to all year: Mom’s Weekend.  The “Mom’s” as we (Steff and I) refer to them, Sandy and Marci.  Our mothers have been best friends since I was little, in the past 6 years Steff (Sandy’s daughter) and I have become super close as well.  Mom’s weekend started about 5 years ago when we would get together for a sleep over, a craft project, a fancy dinner, lots of wine and to exchange our holiday gifts.  A few years ago it also morphed into cookie making weekend.  Sandy has been making cookies and other treats for holiday gifts for many years.  It’s more fun to make everything when you have more help and your besties at hand.

Here are the Moms!!!  Marci (my Mom) is on the left and Sandy on the right.
Here are the Moms!!! Marci (my Mom) is on the left and Sandy on the right.

One of Sandy’s specialties and family favorites is the Danish Jam Tart.  She learned how to make them from Jytte Habric while stationed at Fort Belvoire in Virginia in 1980 and has made them every year since.

This is one of the books Sandy uses each year to make her cookies.  Notice on the tart recipe some modifications to making it gluten free! (I have had the gluten free version it's AMAZING!)
This is one of the books Sandy uses each year to make her cookies. Notice on the tart recipe some modifications to making it gluten free! (I have had the gluten free version and it’s AMAZING!)

So this year Sandy has allowed me to share her recipe with all of you.  These are DELICIOUS and will soon become a favorite holiday tradition with your family and friends.  Happy Holidays!!!

Danish Jam “Taerte” 1 2/3 cup of all-purpose flour 1 stick of margarine 1/3 cup of sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. baking powder 1 small jar of jam Confectioner’s sugar Combine first 5 ingredients; mix well (you have to use your hands or pastry blenders). Divide dough into 4 equal parts.  Use one part of dough and press into a 9” spring form pan.  Use a pastry roller to spread evenly making a small ½ inch edge.  Add ½ jar of jam and spread evenly over dough.  Cover with thin strips off dough in a crisscross pattern. (Use the second part of the dough for this, diving dough into fourths. Place four strips horizontally across the pan and the other four strips diagonally.) Repeat procedure for second tart.  Bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.  When completely cool, cut into 8 triangles and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Danish Jam “Taerte”
1 2/3 cup of all-purpose flour
1 stick of margarine
1/3 cup of sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. baking powder
1 small jar of jam
Confectioner’s sugar
Combine first 5 ingredients; mix well (you have to use your hands or pastry blenders).
Divide dough into 4 equal parts. Use one part of dough and press into a 9” spring form pan. Use a pastry roller to spread evenly making a small ½ inch edge. Add ½ jar of jam and spread evenly over dough. Cover with thin strips off dough in a crisscross pattern. (Use the second part of the dough for this, diving dough into fourths. Place four strips horizontally across the pan and the other four strips diagonally.) Repeat procedure for second tart. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. When completely cool, cut into 8 triangles and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Sandy's baking tip! If cooking 4 tarts in the oven at once, alternate on the oven racks to ensure an even bake.
Sandy’s baking tip! If you are cooking 4 tarts in the oven at once, alternate on the oven racks to ensure an even bake.
Viola! This is a delicious dessert that makes an excellent hostess gift any time of year.  But this always reminds me of Christmas!!
Viola! This is a delicious dessert that makes an excellent hostess gift any time of year. But this always reminds me of Christmas!!

 

 

 

 

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