The two things that stand out for me when I think of going to visit my grandma on her farm are:

  1. Her oversized tupperware container full of freshly baked cookies (to give you a reference point for sizing purposes, this container could hold 3 pies on a tiered stand); and
  2. Jam. It was always out and ready to put on anything and everything.

We have carried on more than a few of her baking (and hosting) traditions in our house, just with a bit of a modern day influence. We love to bake, but as a mom of 3 I will cut corners to save time, especially when taste is not compromised. No offence to my grandma but I am pretty confident E.D.SMITH’s jam selections have a LOT less sugar in them (and by “pretty confidence” I mean “absolutely positive”).

Katie and I decided to make one of my grandma’s old recipes new again. The one area of baking that we always bake from scratch is when it comes to cookies. I come by it honestly, and decades later my grandma’s rolling pin and cookie cutters are still going strong in our kitchen. For us, the long-standing tradition of baking often comes with a celebration – people, moments and milestones. We could not be more excited to share in E.D.SMITH’s 135th Birthday by partnering with them to celebrating marking such a monumental occasion and encouraging us to continue some of our favourite traditions.

Recipe: Jam Filled Sugar Cookies

  • Prep time: 20
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Total time: 30 min



  1. Preheat oven to 400 F;
  2. In a medium mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla, continue to beat until smooth consistency;
  3. On low, stir in: flour, baking powder and salt;
  4. Roll dough onto a lightly floured surface, use cookie cutters to create shapes;
  5. Place one cookie on the cookie sheet, spoon 1 tsp (or so) onto cookie, place second cookie on top and lightly press;
  6. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes or until light golden colour.

What is one of your favourite ways to infuse a traditional cookie recipe with modern influence?