NellieBellie: Making a ‘Dr. Who’ inspired treat

Jammy dodger cookies are easy to make and fun to eat — especially while watching “Dr. Who.” (Photos by NellieBellie)
Jammy dodger cookies are easy to make and fun to eat — especially while watching “Dr. Who.” (Photos by NellieBellie)

If you haven’t seen the British TV show “Doctor Who” before, then this recipe will be a whole lot less awesome. And the main photo will make no sense. The robot-like creature with a plunger for an arm is called a Dalek, and it is super evil and the most scary creature on earth.

Now you understand what the Dalek is. Why is it in our cookie picture? Because jammy dodger cookies are the Doctor’s favorite.

In the most famous occurrence of the jammy dodger in the show, the Doctor just happens to have one on hand when he needs to trick an entire alien race into believing he has a self-destruct button. Cue the jammy dodger!

We are “Doctor Who” fans. Retract that: The Bellie is a Doctor Who fan, and Nellie’s kids are “Doctor Who” fans. Nellie’s indifferent. We enjoy turning our television viewing into experiences, and so we decided that our next time watching “Doctor Who” required something special.

Enter jammy dodgers.

There was also another reason. Nellie’s son had a project in school recently where he had to be King George, so he asked us to make him British cookies to bring to class for his presentation.

British cookie + something awesome = jammy dodger!

Now for the how-to: Make shortbread cookies using the shortbread cookie recipe. Punch holes in the middle of half of them before cooking.

After they’ve cooled, put jam on one of the cookies without a hole. Then top that cookie with a cookie with a hole in it so the jam peeks through. Nellie didn’t include a picture of that, because she thought the process was obvious.

Ta-da!!!! Aren’t they simple? Honest comment: rolling out all the shortbread can be a little annoying. If you don’t have time to roll it all out, maybe consider making a different cookie. Or a half batch, then there’s a whole lot less to roll out. That’s what The Bellie always does, for real. She often makes a single cookie for herself. One. Not even two to share. Just one.


Makes about two dozen two inch cookies.


Shortbread cookie recipe


• 2 1/2 cups flour

• 6 tablespoons sugar

• 1 cup butter (softened)


1. Combine flour and sugar. Then cut in the butter until the mixture is mostly crumbs and starts to stick together. Your dough will be a bit crumbly.

2. Form the mixture into a ball and work until smooth.

3. Roll out dough, cut, and place onto un-greased cookie sheet.

4. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden.

Note: The baking time varies according to the size of your cookies. If your dough isn’t sticking to itself at all, add a tablespoon more soft butter.