New Year’s Eve : An Appetizer and a Cocktail!

This is my last blog post for this year! The year is coming to an end. Few more days left. It has been a year of a lot of ups and downs in this world, loads of sad news that were difficult to digest. But on a positive note, there were many happy moments as well, and for the new year we can just pray and hope for the best, learn from the lessons of 2016 and charge forward into 2017 with an open outlook towards a better world.

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I don’t make New Year resolutions, cause in the past I have not been able to keep them. I have goals/milestones that I want to achieve in the coming year, and I try my best to stick to it and achieve it! Hoping that I can achieve new success with what I have planned in my mind for the coming year!

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It is always fun to have a small celebration, with family or friends to ring in the New Year. I have two fun recipes : an appetizer and an easy awesome cocktail for New Year’s Eve celebration! The appetizer is really easy and delicious! These are my Savory Bites with Goat Cheese and Blood Orange & Rosemary Marmalade.  I make savory cookie dough with fresh rosemary and thyme, let the dough sit in the oven for 1 hour. Then simply roll them out, cut and bake them in the oven for 15 minutes! Let them cool completely. Top with a little bit of tangy goat cheese and Jam Lab’s Blood Orange and Rosemary Marmalade, and these little bites are ready for your party!  You can use a pepper jelly as well or a any other savory jam or a marmalade as well. The dough recipe can make up to 60 cookies at a time!

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The cocktail is a twist on the Good ol’ Old Fashioned! If you have made my Spiced Cranberry Jam from here, you can use leftover Jam to make these pretty Cranberry Jam Old Fashioned for your guests! They are so easy to make and perfect for New Year’s Eve!


Hope you enjoy the pictures for both these recipes! Looking forward to creating more fun recipes for the coming year. Hopefully more blog updates, get it to look prettier, and more refined, and get better with my food photography!

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Have a fabulous celebration! I hope you can get to make these two recipes! They will surely please your guests!

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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year from the Jam Lab family to yours! 🙂


Much love and best wishes for the coming year!




New Year’s Eve : An Appetizer and a Cocktail!


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 freshly ground walnuts
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary and thyme
  • 1 1/4 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • Topping for the savory cookies:
  • 1 small log of Herbed Goat Cheese
  • Jam Lab’s Blood Orange and Rosemary Marmalade or any other savory jam or marmalade
  • Recipe for Cranberry Jam Old Fashioned :
  • (makes 1 glass)
  • 2 oz rye or bourbon whiskey
  • 1 heapful tbsp of spiced cranberry jam
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • splash of club soda
  • 1 large cube of ice
  • 1 orange peel
  • Ganish: Cranberries


  1. For the Savory Bites:
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine, the all purpose flour, ground walnuts, salt, pepper, herbs, baking powder and mix.
  3. In a mixer, beat butter and lemon rind for about 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs on at a time, and mix until blended. Start adding half the flour, and mix, add the remaining flour and mix again until it forms a dough like consistency.
  4. Divide into 2 and form 2 round discs and put it in the fridge for atleast 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
  6. Use your flute linzer cutter to form the linzer cookies. Put these on a parchment paper, on a baking tray. Bake for about 12 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool.
  7. Spread the room temperature herbed goat cheese, and about ½ teaspoon of the marmalade on the cookie and serve on a platter!
  8. For the Cocktail:
  9. In a old fashioned glass, add the cranberry jam, bitters, splash of club soda and stir well, until combined for a minute.
  10. Add in the cube of ice and stir. Add in the bourbon and stir again.
  11. Twist an orange peel into the glass and add it in. Garnish with a cranberry,
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