Saturday, 6 December 2014

Raspberry Jam Drops

Raspberry Jam Drops
Lovely soft biscuits with raspberry centres!

When I told my friends and colleagues about my second week of Christmas baking was Raspberry Jam Drops, most of them replied that it wasn't particularly Christmassy. I was a little perplexed as I do associate these crumbly, buttery biscuits with the festive period. They're a lovely thing to make to give wrapped up as a gift and so easy to make with just a handful of ingredients.
Raspberry Jam Drops
You probably have all these things in your pantry right now...what are you waiting for?! 
These Raspberry Jam Drops would also be a good recipe to do with little ones as they're simple and it's a lot of fun to poke your fingers into the little rounds of dough. The dough is very straightforward and could be done completely by hand. I think it's nice to do a whole recipe with just a bowl and a wooden spoon. Makes you feel more involved with the dough.

Raspberry Jam Drops
I should have taken a photo of the mixing bowl I used, it's one of my favourites. But this is the inside of the bowl...not as exciting is it. Oh well.

For these, I would recommend getting a really good quality jam. I went with raspberry for no other reason than it's my favourite. Any other jam would work too, even marmalade. I do think a red coloured jam is more suited to the season.

Raspberry Jam Drops
The little jam drops ready to go into the oven.

These make lovely presents, and they're easy to whip up the day before you gift them. They look lovely wrapped in cellophane with a nice piece of ribbon, like I have done or put into a jar. I'm slightly obsessed with Etsy and I purchased the tags in the photos from this shop here.

Raspberry Jam Drops
I was listening to Christmas carols while I made these, so they're infused with the spirit of Christmas.

These are so buttery and delicious. Homemade gifts are a meaningful and thoughtful gift plus you get to spend a relaxing bit of time in the kitchen!
Raspberry Jam Drops
While I was taking this photo, I saw the jam is a product of France...I'm just drawn to French things and I don't even know it.

Raspberry Jam Drops
All prettily wrapped up, ready to gift!

Raspberry Jam Drops
Buttery and soft.


Raspberry Jam Drops
Week 2 of Christmas baking done! Bring on Week 3!

Have a look back at the weeks of Christmas Baking past:
Week 1 of Four Weeks of Christmas Baking: Christmas Star Cherry Tart with Cinnamon Honey Roasted Macadamia Ice Cream
Week 3 of Four Weeks of Christmas Baking: Rum Ball Trifle
Week 4 of Four Weeks of Christmas Baking: Eggnog Cake

Raspberry Jam Drops
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 13 mins
Total time:  28 mins
Servings: 24
180g softened butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Raspberry jam for centres

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line two trays with baking paper
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a medium bowl until butter turns paler in colour
  3. Add the egg and vanilla then beat to combine
  4. Sift in the flour and baking paper and mix until just combined
  5. Roll out heaped teaspoons full of batter and place on tray, leaving at least 10cm space between the cookies
  6. Press a finger deep into the centre of each cookie and fill the cavity generously with jam
  7. Bake each tray for 13 mins or until cookies are just golden on the edges
  8. Allow to cool and enjoy!


  1. Wonderful Cassie! A perfect Christmas gift for a baking-challenged friend who needs a hit of home cooking for the festive season!

    1. Thanks Kaye! They're absolutely suited for the baking challenged! So easy, so good! :)

  2. Hi Cassie - these look delicious! I think we call them thumb print cookies here in the states, but I've never made them. I will try them out this year for sure. But I have a question though...what is castor sugar?

    Thank you,

    1. Hey Elizabeth, I'm so glad to hear you're going to give them a go! Thumb print cookies is a very appropriate name for them. Caster sugar is the same a superfine sugar in the US. If you have raw, normal sugar, you can blitz it in a coffee grinder to make it finer. Let me know how you go! :)

  3. Look just like the ones my mom
    Used to make!


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