These pretty strawberry jam cookies are not just pretty, they are super yummy too!
When I first made these strawberry jam cookies, I was not sure what to call them. ‘Strawberry poppy seed sandwich cookies’ was what came to my mind, but then I felt it was just too long for a cookie name. So I decided to call these pretty cookies – Strawberry Jam Cookies instead.
The cookies are made up of 2 layers of rich, crispy, and buttery cookies that are sandwiched together with homemade strawberry jam. The top layer is garnished with a light sprinkle of crunchy poppy seeds and has a heart-shaped hole in the center. With the red strawberry jam filling showing through the heart shape cut out, these cookies are not only pleasant to the taste but to the eyes, too.
And I must say, these make great festive treats !
How to Make Strawberry Jam Cookies
- Plain flour + salt
- Brown sugar
- Egg yolks
- Vanilla essence
- Strawberry jam
- Poppy seeds
- Egg white
Making the strawberry jam cookies
Strawberry jam filling
- These cookies are sandwiched with strawberry jam. I make my own jam and so the first process of making these jam cookies starts with making the strawberry jam itself.
- You can also use store-bought jam.
Mixing the cookie dough
- To make the strawberry jam cookies, start by creaming the butter, brown sugar and salt together. Beat until the mixture turns creamy.
- Add in the egg yolks and vanilla and continue beating until all traces of the egg are no longer visible.
- Finally, sift the flour in and mix until the dough forms a ball. Place the dough in a bowl, cover and chill it for 10 minutes.
Cutting the cookies
- Divide the dough into smaller sections.
- Place one section in between 2 sheets of parchment and roll it flat. I place 2 dowel rods on either side of the dough as I roll it (my rolling pin will be on the rods as I roll the dough) for consistent thickness.
- Cut the cookies out using a round scalloped cutter. For half of the circles cut out, use a small heart-shaped cutter to cut out a tiny heart-shaped hole in the center.
- Brush some egg white onto the surface of the cookie layers with the heart cut out. The egg white helps in holding the poppy seeds in place after baking. Plus it gives the top of the cookies a lovely shade of brown. Sprinkle some poppy seeds on.
- Bake the cookies until they turn slightly brown on the edges.
Assembling the jam cookies
- Remove the cookies from the oven and let them rest in the tray for about 2 minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack.
- Once the cookies turn warm, sandwich them with the strawberry jam.
- Return the sandwiched cookies back to the oven for 10 minutes. This helps the jam to thicken and avoid the cookie layers from sliding away. (Keep the oven heat on from the earlier step).
- Remove the cookies from the oven. Let them cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
The best jam to use for this cookies
- I used my homemade strawberry jam for these cookies. You can use any jam you like, but it is best that the jam is smooth and does not contain large fruit chunks.
Can you omit the poppy seeds?
- Yes, you certainly can. The poppy seeds are only for garnish and you can totally omit them. And you can also omit the egg white wash. The main reason I used the egg whites was on these strawberry jam cookies is to hold the poppy seeds in place. But if you do not wish to use the poppy seeds, you can omit the egg whites too.
How to roll and cut the dough?
- Since the dough is soft, I rolled it between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Also, to make sure the thickness of the dough was consistent for all cookies, I placed 2 dowel rods on either side of the dough and used them as a guide in rolling my cookie dough.
- To transfer the cut-out cookies into my baking tray, I use a flat spatula to lift the cut-out cookies from the parchment paper to the baking tray.
- The baking time of these cookies depends very much on the size of the cookies. If your cookies are smaller in size, reduce the baking time and if they are larger, increase the baking time slightly.
Do the cookies increase in size after baking?
- No they don’t. Hence, there is no need to space them out too much on the baking tray.
Why do you need to bake the cookies twice?
- The only reason these strawberry jam cookies need to be returned to the oven for an additional 10 minutes after filling them with jam is to thicken the jam up. The thickened jam helps to hold both cookie layers together and so when you store them in a cookie jar, the layers do not slide away.
Storing the cookies
- These sandwich cookies last very well. So long as they are kept in an airtight container, they can remain fresh for a good 1 week.
Strawberry Jam Cookies
Here is the full printable version of the strawberry jam cookies recipe:
Strawberry Jam Cookies
- 250 g plain flour
- 175 g butter
- 150 g soft brown sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- ¼ tsp salt
- Strawberry jam
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 egg white
- Preheat oven to 175 °Celsius and line baking trays with parchment paper.
- Cream butter, brown sugar, and salt till creamy. Add the egg yolks, followed by vanilla essence and continue to beat until the eggs and vanilla are well incorporated into the creamed mixture.
- Carefully add in the flour and mix until it is all well incorporated. Wrap dough with cling wrap and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
- Remove dough from the refrigerator and roll out between 2 plastic sheets or parchment paper to about ¾ cm thickness. Cut the dough using a scalloped round cutter until all the cookie dough is used up.
- For half of the cookie circles, cut out a tiny heart in the centers. Re-roll the heart cuts outs and cut out more cookies until all the dough is used up again.
- Brush egg white all over the top of cookies with the heart cut out holes and sprinkle poppy seeds on them.
- Bake all the cookies for about 12 minutes until they turn golden brown.
- Remove cookies from the oven and let them rest for 2 minutes in the tray before transferring them to a wire rack.
- To assemble the cookies, spread some strawberry jam on cookies without the heart cut out holes and top them with the cookies with the heart cut out holes.
- Arrange the cookies on the baking tray once again and return them to the oven for another 10 minutes.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer them onto a wire rack to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.
And that’s my strawberry jam cookies recipe.
Happy baking 🙂
Here are my other posts you might want to check out:
- Strawberry Filling – An Easy Homemade Recipe
- Small Batch Strawberry Jam
- Jam Filled Shortbread Cookies
- Mango Jam