Jam Jam Cookies {Easy Vintage Recipe}

Whether you’re craving a mid-afternoon snack, a dessert after dinner, or simply something to pair with your morning tea or coffee, these jam jam cookies promise to hit the spot. Simple ingredients come together to create an old-fashioned cookie recipe that’s both classic and a little different.

Easy to make and fun to let the kids press and assemble.

bite missing from jam jam cookies.

Jam Jam Cookies

A soft, buttery cookie with a sweet layer of fruity jam. These are an old-fashioned favorite.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Serving Size 15 cookies


Cookie Dough

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1⅓ cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar or baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt


  • granulated sugar
  • 1 cup raspberry, strawberry, or apricot preserves


  • Prep. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
    parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Wet ingredients. In a mixing bowl of your stand mixer, blend together the butter and Incorporate the eggs one at a time into the butter mixture, ensuring each egg is well combined before adding the next. Add the vanilla
    wet ingredients in mixing bowl.
  • Dry Ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and sea salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture in batches, ensuring everything is well combined.
    dry ingredients before and after adding to creamed butter.
  • Shape. Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Gently flatten each ball using a glass dipped in sugar.
    balls of cooking before and after flattening.
  • Bake. Place the cookies in the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until they sport a soft golden hue. For a crisper finish, allow them to bake for an additional minute or two.
    baked cookies on baking sheet.
  • Assemble. Once out of the oven, while still warm, spoon a dollop of raspberry preserve onto half of the cookies. Top each with another cookie, pressing gently to form a delightful sandwich. They will set as they cool. If your kitchen is very warm, you might need to pop them in the fridge.
    jam on cookies as sandwich.


You can use powdered sugar for assembly as well,  but we like the slight crunch of granulated.

A note about what you’ll need

  • Preserves: The heart of this cookie lies in its filling. Raspberry, strawberry, or apricot preserves can be used. Pick your favorite. I like strawberry best. 😊
  • Cream of Tartar: This might sound unusual, but it’s a vital ingredient. It acts as a leavening agent and provides that soft texture. If you can’t find it, baking powder is an excellent substitute.
ingredients on stone counter.
  • Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer: This will ensure your wet and dry ingredients are blended well and easily.
  • Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mat: Helps prevent cookies from sticking and ensures easy cleanup.
  • Whisk: Vital for mixing the dry ingredients to avoid any lumps.
  • Cookie Scoop: Helps in getting uniform cookie sizes for even baking.
  • Glass Jar: Useful for flattening the cookies with the added sugar coating.

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Hopefully, you won’t need anything special and have everything on hand already.

Tips for the best sandwich cookies

  • Consistency of Dough: Ensuring your butter is at room temperature is key. It helps in achieving a soft and consistent dough, making it easier to shape.
  • Rolling: When rolling the dough into balls, consistency is key! Aim for walnut-sized portions to ensure even baking.
  • Flattening Technique: Dipping the glass in sugar before using it to flatten the cookies adds a little extra sweetness and prevents the dough from sticking.
  • Baking: Keep an eye on the cookies while they bake. Everyone’s oven varies slightly, and the key is that soft golden hue. If you’re unsure, it’s better to underbake slightly and allow them to set as they cool.
  • Assembly: Be gentle when forming the sandwich to prevent breaking the cookies. Using the preserves while the cookies are still warm helps in melding the two cookies together.

Overall, these are very easy and you should be just fine!

Storage instructions

Stored in an airtight container, these cookies should stay fresh for about 4 days.

sandwich cookie with jam bite missing.

To make dough balls ahead: Just roll the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet to freeze individually. Once frozen, transfer them to a ziplock bag and store in the freezer. When you’re ready to bake, you can bake them directly from the freezer, adding a couple of extra minutes to the baking time.

more cookies with jam

There’s nothing like a nice buttery cookie paired with a fruity jam—a match made in heaven.

  • Heart Jam Cookies
  • Old Fashioned Jam Thumbprint Cookies
  • Italian Butter Sandwich Cookies

I hope you enjoy each of these recipes.

bite missing from jam jam cookie.
Jam Jam Cookies {Easy Vintage Recipe}

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  1. 5 stars
    Had to work with what I had, (and can have), so needed to substitute some things. Whole wheat flour, shortening (for butter), and a gelatin/flax egg.

    They turned out perfect! A bit more hearty so I think they would be a bit more like grandmas if I had bought white flour, but this is a great recipe! I was trying to find one without syrup because I didn’t have that. Thanks! 🙂