Sunday sweets – Jam drops

Posted on: November 22nd, 2009 by admin 2 Comments

Already late November! This festive season everyone’s getting baked treats as gifts. Thumbprint cookies or jam drops remind me of my childhood, we would get these from the Cookieman bakery that doesn’t exist anymore- we’d eat around the edge of the cookie saving the jammy center for last- so simple, but so good.


These jam-filled buttery delights look best if you use a couple of different jams, so whip some up today and see what flavor’s your family favorite.

Makes 18 – 20

  • 180g (6 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 c caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c plain flour
  • Jam/jelly to fill the thumb-print (Use any kind you like, we like cherry, apricot, blackberry, marmalade and pineapple for a good mix of colours)

Preheat your oven to 180°C (350ºF). Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.

Place the butter and sugar into the bowl and beat until pale and creamy. Add the egg and beat well. Stir in the flour and mix to form a dough.

Roll spoonfuls of dough into about 1 inch balls and flatten a little on the baking tray (place them a couple inches apart). Press your thumb into the center of the dough to make a hole (go gentle so it doesn’t crumble and don’t go all the way through!). Repeat with the remaining dough, then spoon little drops of jam into the hole in each cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.

Original recipe from the Cookie man (a store in Canberra that no longer exists – sadly)


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2 Responses

  1. case says:

    i made these for thanksgiving! I cut them into shapes with cookie cutters. I also added some vanilla. So tasty, they went in a second.

  2. admin says:

    mm good idea, cutting them into shapes is genius…

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