My Mother’s Kitchen: Jam Cookies Recipe

Have you had your fill of turkey? Lost your appetite for pumpkin pie? Want something sweet with your evening cup of coffee? Then I have just the recipe for you to try—Jam Cookies. These cookies will make you forget any vow you’ve made to cut back on desserts, and may in fact encourage you to incorporate sweets into every meal.

Breakfast? Oatmeal and Jam Cookies! Lunch? Tomato soup, a salad and Jam Cookies! Supper? Leftover turkey or a nice roast of beef and Jam Cookies! “Why not,” you’ll say, “for life is so short and these cookies are so good.”

This recipe is also fun to make when you have children as helpers; they love to use their index-finger knuckles to squish a dent in each cookie centre, creating a small crater for you to fill with jam.

“What’s for supper tonight, mom?”
“Tonight we’re having meat loaf, mashed potatoes, green peas, coleslaw and Jam Cookies.”


Jam Cookies

½ cup butter or shortening
1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 egg
¼ cup hot water
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda

Mix together butter, sugar and egg. Beat well. Add hot water and mix. Add dry ingredients and vanilla last. Roll in balls and roll in white sugar. Using your knuckle, press indentation in centre of each cookie and fill with jam. Bake in moderate oven until lightly browned. Cool and enjoy.


4 thoughts on “My Mother’s Kitchen: Jam Cookies Recipe

    1. Hi there–I use an ordinary cookie sheet, the middle rack of the oven and set the temperature at 350 F. Approximately 10-12 minutes should brown them nicely. Let me know how they turn out! Thanks for the questions.

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