Jam – Filled Cookies

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Jam Filled Cookies are so delicious! They have cherry and strawberry jam fillings and are bursting with flavor! They made it in the current issue of Taste of Home Magazine!

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Jam - Filled Cookies on a white plate with blue border
Jam Filled Cookies

This Jam Filled Cookie is among the oldest Christmas Cookie recipes that we make. It is from Everywoman’s Magazine in 1957. These are my brother’s favorites; yes the one who to this day calls me Binky!

Jam filled cookies with Christmas Tree cutout, star cutout and circle cut out

My mom and I have 4 different cookies that are a must. Every member of the family has a different favorite. None of these cookies are quick, and easy, like drop cookies. In years that we thought we were short on time, and we just had to eliminate one of them, inevitably one of the family members would whine! They are all SO Spoiled! We have resigned ourselves to the fact that we have to do these four cookies; Jam Filled Cookies, Decorated Christmas Cutouts, Ischeler’s Tortellette’s and Hildabrötchen.

Jam filled cookies on white plate with Christmas Tree cutout, star cutout and circle cut out

We usually do the Jam Filled first for two reasons. 1. These cookies only take two steps, not three, so they are completed in one day. The other three take two days to complete after making the dough. One day to cut out and bake. The next day to decorate. 2. These freeze the best for the longest amount of time. At least 2 months, if they are packed well.

Jam filled cookies on Gold and Red Christmas serving tray

For a cut out cookie, this dough is very easy to work with! It is not terribly sticky! The brown sugar gives these cookies a wonderful, different flavor!

Jam filled cookies with Christmas Tree cutout, star cutout and circle cut out

I hope you like the recipe today for Jam Filled Cookies! How many Christmas cookies do you make? What is your favorite/ Let me know in the comments below!

Enjoy! And have fun cooking!

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jam filled cookies on white plate
5 from 6 votes

Jam – Filled Cookies

Vintage Christmas Cookies!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 130 kcal
Author Binky


  • 4 c Flour
  • 1 t Baking soda
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 1 c Butter
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 1/2 c Brown sugar , firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t Vanilla
  • 1 c Cherry Preserves
  • 1/4 c chopped blanched , slivered almonds
  • 1 c Strawberry preserves
  • 1/4 c chopped walnuts

Fruit filling :

  • 1 c Strawberry preserves mixed with 1/4 c walnuts , chopped
  • 1 c Cherry Jam mixed with 1/4 c. almonds, chopped


  1. Sift first 3 ingredients, set aside.
    beating butter until smooth
  2. Cream butter until soft, beat in sugars gradually.
    beating butter until smooth
  3. Add eggs and vanilla, beating vigorously until light and airy.
    adding eggs and vanilla
  4. Add flour mixture in 3 parts, beating only until well mixed after each addition.
    Mix dry ingredients in 3 parts
  5. Divide dough in three parts, wrap in waxed paper and then in plastic wrap.
    wrap dough in wax paper and chill overnight
  6. Chill until firm enough for rolling, about 4-5 hours; or overnight.
  7. Grease baking sheets. Then prepare fruit fillings.
    Mix jams and nuts together in small bowl.
  8. Roll out dough between two sheets of lightly floured waxed paper, 1/8" thick. Re-flour as needed.
    rolling dough between 2 sheets wax paper
  9. We use the same cutter for top and bottom but I'll continue with original instructions.
    using decorating tip to make hole in center of dough for tops
  10. Original recipe specifies:
  11. Cut out enough 2 3/4" rounds to fill baking sheet, arrange about 1 1/2" apart.
    using decorating tip to make hole in center of dough for tops
  12. Put about 1 tsp. of filling on each round.
    adding teaspoon jam mixture to center of cut out dough
  13. Then roll and cut same number of 3" rounds, cutting hole in center with 1" cutter before placing it on the filling.
    cutting tops and adding hole in center
  14. Repeat until all dough is used.
  15. Bake in 375°F / 190° C oven for 12 - 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
    jam filled cookies on gold and red Christmas serving tray
  16. Note: During baking the smaller and amount of dough spreads just enough to meet with and seal the edges of the larger top piece. This eliminates hand pinching of the edges and makes for less handling.
  17. We have no problem using the same size cutter. We just gently press the edges together.
  18. Whichever way you choose, these are easy and delicious!
  19. Makes 3 dozen.
  20. From Everywoman's Magazine 1957

Originally Published 12/5/2014

18 thoughts on “Jam – Filled Cookies

  1. Susan Zytnik Kunzler

    The secret is out now….but I still need you to send 4 dozen of these and 12 dozen of the hildebrochen?? (can’t spell it). We’ve got the Christmas shakes in anticipation.

  2. Susan Zytnik Kunzler

    Great…but I’m not the baker you are. : ( They will not look or taste right forever after. Double sad-face.

  3. Susan Zytnik Kunzler

    I messed up. It’s the ISHLAS (spelling???) that are my all-time favorite, favorite, favorite! Make tons of those. I usually only get one or two due to the male raiding of the freezer. Actually Rick likes the Hildas best. After 25 years, I confuse the two of us. lol.

  4. Jill

    Family recipes are the best at the holidays! These cookies looks delicious. We bake my Grandma’s snickerdoodle recipe every year. My mom’s fudge is another favorite.


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