Today I have two things to say before I start on today’s cookie recipe, the first is just a quick reminder that if you want the A Year With Lucullian Delights 2010 calender it’s time to order it now! I have made two seasonal versions, the one for the Northern hemisphere is found here and the one for the Southern hemisphere is found here!

There are also two other calenders for sale, one called Moments

And one called Italian Scenes. So click over to RedBubble and order the one you like and why not give a calender as a Christmas gift, who could ask for more? Well I can think of other things but let’s pretend!

And now over to something more worthy, one of my blog friends who give me advice and support is Lydia from The Perfect Pantry and when she asks for help, I want to help, especially as I know how hard she works on the Drop In and Decorate project every year. In order to get it right, I am using her own text, please read and please help her to make the event even more successful, remember that you are helping out those with less fortunate lives than we (us?).

Drop in & Decorate

Drop In & Decorate is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. The idea behind Drop In & Decorate is simple: bake some cookies; gather a group of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, your worship group or book group to decorate the cookies together; donate the cookies to a nonprofit agency serving basic human needs in your own community. It’s a simple idea in a complicated world, and something anyone can do. If you’d like to host your own Drop In & Decorate® event, Pillsbury and Wilton would like to help. Pillsbury has donated 50 VIP coupons, worth $3.00 each, off any Pillsbury product — including sugar cookie mix, icing and flour — to be distributed, first come, first served, while supply lasts, to anyone who plans to host a Drop In & Decorate event (max. 5 coupons per person). And we’ll include a Comfort Grip cookie cutter, donated by Wilton, while our supply lasts. Write to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com for more info on how to get your free coupons and cookie cutters.

Farro or Emmer Cookies With Raspberry Jam

So what else could I post today if not cookies? I am a big fan of farro, emmer or spelt as it is called in English, it makes a really flavourful yet discreet flour, I often use it in cookies and cakes and it is always successful. This time too, my family really liked these chubby, ugly cookies and they disappeared quickly but I just discovered that I forgot to bring down the cookies I used for the photographs so here I am, happily chewing on a farro and raspberry jam cookie because today I am too hungry for my own good.

Farro or Emmer Cookies With Raspberry Jam


150 g/5,3 oz butter, unsalted
200 g/7 oz sugar
1 whole egg
300 g/10 oz farro/emmer/spelt flour
100 g/3,5 cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
raspberry jam. Any jam you like goes actually

– Stir butter and sugar smooth in a bowl and then add the egg, stirring until all mixed.
– Sift the flours, baking powder and salt into the bowl, stir until it is all incorporated and the dough forms a ball. If it is too dry, add a little water but I mean a little.
– Form small balls with the dough, put them on a baking-sheet and then make a small hole in each ball, slightly flattening tit at the same time. Spoon a little raspberry jam into the whole and then in a pre-heated oven (175°C/350°F) for 10-12 minutes.

Farro or Emmer Cookies With Raspberry Jam

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