Bushel & Peck’s has upgraded my jam game for good.

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Spitzbuben Holiday Cookie Recipe
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Over the summer at Green City Market in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, I came across Bushel & Peck's life-changing jams. When I say life-changing, I mean it. I had been eating the usual store-brand raspberry jam for the entire duration of quarantine—until I found Bushel & Peck's. Since adopting the jam brand for everything from my morning toast to holiday baking, I haven't looked back.

I started simple, with their Raspberry Jam, made in the Bushel & Peck's preservation kitchen in Beloit, WI. It was the perfect balance of sweet and tart and tasted like it was just made from freshly-picked berries. Let's just say I finished the jar in time for the next week's market, where I bought another Raspberry as well as Black Raspberry and Blackberry Raspberry. And since Sungold tomatoes were on my mind at that point, I couldn't resist snagging one of the savory Sungold Tomato Jams, too. 

Like the Sungold Tomato Jam, I'd imagine the Tomato Jam would be great dolloped onto a plate of spaghetti aglio e olio, or slathered on a piece of thick ciabatta bread then topped with some ricotta cheese. As for the sweeter jams, Bushel & Peck's roster of flavors is unique and varied, spanning everything from Blueberry Jalapeño and Cherry Lavender to Rhubarb Ginger and Pineapple Pepper. The brand also has an entire line of hot sauces.

I used the last remaining drops of my most recent jam haul as a filling for the cookies that grace Food & Wine's December cover: Brown Butter-Cardamom Spitzbuben. The recipe calls for apricot, cherry, blueberry, or seedless raspberry jam, but you can get creative and fill your 'Buben with one of Bushel & Peck's inventive flavors (that Peach Raspberry is calling my name).

With their pretty packaging and commitment to making high-quality, handcrafted goods, Bushel & Peck's jams also make the best gifts. On their Etsy site, you can order a custom pack of three 8-ounce jars for a festive, delicious way to spark some (much-needed) holiday cheer.

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