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These vintage Jam Filled Cookies are a brown sugar cut out dough that is so flavorful. They’re filled with nuts and jam and are super easy!

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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.

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Why you should make these cookies

  • These cookies only take two steps, not three, so they are completed in one day. Most cut out cookies take too days because the dough needs to be chilled for hours.
  • These cookies freeze for a very long time. At least 2 months, if they are packed well.
  • You can really taste brown sugar, so they are different from lots of other cut out cookies.
  • They are soft and chewy with a nice crunch from the nuts.
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What you need

How to make them

  1. Measure flour and dry ingredients.
  2. Cream butter in mixer bowl.
  3. Add sugars and cream again until smooth..
  4. Break eggs into separate bowl.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla to mixer.
  6. Mix until light and fluffy.
  7. Add flour about 1/3 at a time, just until barely mixed.
  8. Dough is quite thick so if you do not have a heavy duty mixer, don’t double recipe.
  9. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Chill for 2-3 hours or overnight.Collage of photos showing steps to make these cookies. See recipe for details.Pin
  10. Mix up jams with nuts.
  11. We use both cherry jam and strawberry jam but you could apricot jam, raspberry jam or any of your favorites.
  12. Roll out cookies in between sheets of waxed paper. Cut into desired shapes.
  13. Place on greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet or a silicone mat. Add about half teaspoon of jam to each cookie, depending on cutter size.
  14. Cut out tops. Cutting out the original shape and then cut the center out with a smaller cutter. (or use a Linzer cookie set.)
  15. Place top cookie on top of jam on bottom cookie.
  16. Bake 375°F for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.

Cool cookies on a wire rack completely before storing. For a cut out cookie, this dough is very easy to work with! It is not terribly sticky!

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How to store

These cookies will store in an air tight container about a week in the refrigerator and up to 2 months in a well sealed container in freezer.

Use waxed paper between layers to avoid sticking. Fill any voids with crumpled up wax paper.

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Jam – Filled Cookies

These vintage Jam Filled Cookies are a brown sugar cut out dough that is so flavorful. They’re filled with nuts and jam and are super easy!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $6


Fruit filling :


  • Sift first 3 ingredients, set aside.
  • Cream butter until soft, beat in sugars gradually.
  • Add eggs and vanilla, beating vigorously until light and airy.
  • Add flour mixture in 3 parts, beating only until well mixed after each addition.
  • Divide dough in three parts, wrap in waxed paper and then in plastic wrap.
  • Chill until firm enough for rolling, about 4-5 hours; or overnight.
  • Grease baking sheets or bake on parchment paper or silicone mat. Then prepare fruit fillings.
  • Roll out dough between two sheets of lightly floured waxed paper, 1/8″ thick. Re-flour as needed.
  • We use the same cutter for top and bottom but I’ll continue with original instructions.
  • Original recipe specifies:
  • Cut out enough 2 3/4″ rounds to fill baking sheet, arrange about 1 1/2″ apart.
  • Put about 1 teaspoon jam filling on each round.
  • Then roll and cut same number of 3″ rounds, cutting hole in center with 1″ cutter before placing it on the filling.
  • Repeat until all dough is used.
  • Bake in 375°F / 190° C oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • 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.
  • We have no problem using the same size cutter. We just gently press the edges together.
  • Whichever way you choose, these are easy and delicious!
  • Makes 3 dozen.
  • From Everywoman’s Magazine 1957
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Super easy dough to make and to roll and cut out. Very beginner friendly!
Cookies can be kept at room temperature for a couple days.
For longer storage, freeze up to 2 months. These cookies freeze very well!
General Baking Tips:
Always measure dry ingredients with a dry measuring cup. Measure with dry measuring cups or weigh dry ingredients.
Always measure liquid ingredients with liquid measuring cup
Never break eggs directly into recipe ingredients. Break eggs into a separate bowl, in case you get any shells, so that you can pull them out.
Make sure that you know what temperature your oven is set at. Buy an oven thermometer and check oven temperature regularly.
Always check baked goods, like cakes or quick breads with cake tester, placed in center. If the tester comes out clean, it’s done.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 36mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Originally Published 12/5/2014 Updated 2/2/2022.


  1. 5 stars
    These jam cookies are delicious! They remind me of my childhood – my mom and I used to bake these every year for Christmas. I love the sweet flavor from the jam and the brown sugar!

  2. 5 stars
    These cookies look so cute! I’ll try to make them together with the kids for this Christmas. Thank you for the step by step recipe!

    1. These are a fun cookie for the kids to help with. Even the little ones can place the jam in the middle! Thanks Jovita!

  3. 5 stars
    My family was just asking me about making them thumbprint cookies. These are so cute with the cutout shapes! So festive and fun!

  4. 5 stars
    I know this is gross, but I actually squirt drooled. And by that I mean, I look at a photo and I feel the drool filling up in my mouth. I love these cookies and when I visit you, we need to make these regardless of what time of year. You feel me?

  5. 5 stars
    Mmmm These cookies look so good Beth, very pretty too! Looking forward to reading the recipes to all your Christmas cookies 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    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.

    1. They are everyone’s favorite around my house! I’m sure they will be a hit for your cookie exchange! Thanks Katie!

  7. 5 stars
    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.

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

  9. 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.

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