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The Best Jam Cookies

These strawberry jam cookies use a tasty shortbread dough, where delicious strawberry jam is sandwiched between two cookies. They store really well - so you can make them in advance, and serve them when the time is right! Also, how cute is the heart cutout?

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 9 cookies
Calories 374.01 kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plus extra to roll out the dough
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. In stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat together butter, icing sugar, salt and vanilla until light and fluffy. This may take a bit – at least 3 minutes. Continuing with the stand mixer, add flour to the mixture until just combined. At this point, a ball of dough will begin to form.

  2. Remove dough from stand mixer, and knead with your hands until a full ball forms, about 1 minute. Wrap in plastic wrap, and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the dough to harden so it’s easier to roll out.

  3. On a floured surface, roll out dough with a rolling pin, adding extra flour to your rolling surface and rolling pin if dough begins to stick. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.

  4. Using 3 inch circle cookie cutter, cut out circle shapes, rerolling and cutting scraps.

  5. Using 1 1/2 inch heart cookie cutter, cut out shape in center of half of the circle cookies.

  6. Arrange whole and cutout cookies on parchment-lined baking sheet

  7. Bake on top and bottom racks, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until edges are light golden, about 15-20 minutes.

  8. Remove cookies from the oven and let them cool

  9. Dust icing sugar over cutout cookies. Spread jam over bottom of each whole cookie. Place on cookie with jam filling, sugar side up.

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Recipe Notes

  • Make sure the butter is at room temperature, or else it won't mix well. 
  • Ensure the flour is sifted before mixing, or else the dough won't come together. 
  • You can use any cookie cutter shape you would like for the center cutout. I used a heart, but a star or flower would be cute too. 
  • Try to work quickly when rolling out the dough, and cutting it with the cookie cutters, because it tends to melt since the butter content is so high. Add more flour if needed.
  • You can use any flavoured jam you'd like for these cookies. I used strawberry jam, but you can easily use raspberry, orange, fig, cherry, apricot...anything really! 


Recipe adapted from Canadian Living Magazine

Nutrition Facts
The Best Jam Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 374.01 Calories from Fat 187
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.74g32%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 54.23mg18%
Sodium 74.19mg3%
Potassium 50.32mg1%
Carbohydrates 44.22g15%
Fiber 0.96g4%
Sugar 19.06g21%
Protein 3.15g6%
Vitamin A 630.3IU13%
Vitamin C 1.66mg2%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1.38mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.