Ingredients

  • 185 g unsalted butter
  • 280 g gluten-free plain flour
  • 90 grams of caster sugar 0r 160 g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 75 grams strawberry jam (optional: Chocolate spread).
  • Icing sugar for sprinkling at the end
  • Optional: tapioca flour/ corn flour (to stop the dough sticking).

Directions

This gluten-free jammy dodger recipe is sure to bring childhood memories flooding back. These biscuits are a fun and easy recipe that you can easily whip up.

A crunchy gluten-free biscuit with a sweet and yummy jammy filled centre. They will impress those who still eat gluten and those gluten-free converts alike. In fact, they may even enjoy these ones more!

This gluten-free recipe is really so easy and is such a fun one to bake with children. They will really love the end result and will enjoy baking it as much as they enjoy eating eat.

If there are no kids, however, don't worry. Adults will enjoy the baking and eating of these gluten-free treats just as much.

Gluten-free jammy dodgers instructions:
  • Firstly you need to preheat your oven to 180 C.
  • Next, using a hand whisk, you need to combine the unsalted butter, vanilla extract, and caster sugar/ icing sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • In another bowl, sift the gluten-free flour and the xantham gum together. Then add this mixture to the sugar and butter mix and whisk together until it makes a crumb-like texture.
    At this point, you need to bring the mixture together with your hands and kneed it so it's completely combined. Now you have the jammy dodger biscuit dough.
  • Bring the dough into a ball and wrap it in cellophane or a sandwich bag. Place it in the fridge for 15 - 30 minutes.
  • Once the biscuit dough has been refrigerated and is now firm, take it out of them and place it between two large sheets of parchment paper.
  • Roll the dough out through the sheets of baking paper. This is the best method for stopping any dough from sticking to any surfaces or to the rolling pin.
  • If you don't like rolling your dough out this way, then you can use some cornflour or flour tapioca to sprinkle on surfaces and your rolling pin to stop it from sticking.
    Roll the dough until it's about 3-4 mm thick.
  • Once you have rolled the dough out, cut the dough into biscuit circles using the cutters.
    Once they have all be but out, divide the raw biscuit shapes into half.
  • Keep one half of these aside and with the other half using the love heart or circle shape, cut the centre of the second half of biscuits out. These will be the top part of your jammy dodgers so you can see the jam through the middle.
  • Now place both halves of your raw cut out biscuit shapes onto parchment paper in a tray and place in the centre of your oven.
  • Bake for 10 minutes until you start to see a little browning around the edges. When you see this, you know it's time to take your biscuits out of the oven.
  • Place your biscuits on a cooling rack and allow them to completely cool until room temperature, when you can start to assemble your jammy dodgers.
Assembling your jammy dodgers:

This part of the recipe is really very straightforward.

  • Spread jam on all the base sections of the biscuits. Make sure these are the ones that don't have a shape cut out in the middle.
  • Once you have spread a nice thick layer of jam on the base sections of the biscuits, place the top layer on top and press down gentle just to secure the top biscuit layer.
  • To finish these jammie dodgers off nicely, sprinkle a little icing sugar on top of the biscuits.
  • There you have it- Your homemade gluten-free jammy dodger biscuit.
Baking tips:
  • Once you have combined all the baking ingredients into a dough, you only need to give it kneed it for about a minute to make sure it's well combined before
  • It's a good idea to buy a thick jam, and you want it to stay in place once you have spread it on your biscuits.
  • Don't take the dough out of the fridge too soon. It needs to be nice and firm before rolling it out and cutting.
  • Check your biscuits from about 8 minutes onwards. Some ovens cook a little faster than others. It's best to check, so you don't risk over baking your jammie dodgers.
Alternative recipe

If you fancy a change to the traditional jammy dodger with the gluten-free jammy dodger recipe, a really nice and tasty alternative is to use chocolate spread instead of jam. Using choc spread is a delicious option for those who prefer chocolate or don't like jam.

Simply replace the jam with chocolate spread, and you have chocolate jammy dodgers instead.

FAQ'S
Can I make this recipe Dairy-free?

Yes, you can make these gluten-free biscuits dairy-free too. This biscuit recipe will work just as well with dairy-free butter or margarine.

If you want to try the chocolate biscuit option that is also dairy-free, just make sure you pick up a dairy-free choc spread.

What type of jam works best with these gluten-free jammy dodgers?

Jammie Dodgers are traditionally made using raspberry jam, which in fact, goes really well in this recipe. However, you don't need to be limited to raspberry jam.

Almost any jam flavour such as strawberry and black current will go just as nicely and give this traditional recipe a twist. You could use a range of jams and make a mix of different flavoured gluten-free jammy dodgers.

What should I do with the cutout dough shapes?

It's up to you. You can combine them and try to roll out one more biscuit from them, or you can place them in the oven with the others and have a few mini love heart biscuits to go along with your gluten-free jammy dodgers. It's totally up to you.

I don't have vanilla extract; is it essential to make gluten-free jammy dodgers?

The vanilla extract gives this gluten-free jammy dodgers recipe a lovely added flavour. However, If you don't have any vanilla extract, they will still come out nicely. It is not an essential component of the recipe.

As you can see, these gluten-free jammy dodgers are super simple, and the recipe is really basic. Anyone could give this gluten-free jammy dodgers recipe a good go, and they will likely come out perfect. They are a really quick sweet snack to make and great to get out when guests arrive.

Equipment
  • rolling pin
  • baking paper
  • biscuit cutters
  • small love heart/ circle shape cutter.