Jam Drops – also known as thumbprints – are a simple cookie to make. They are great for a beginner cook or a child as the dough is a basic pastry and the filling is made from jam.
My 10 year old made these for a school Valentine’s Day marketplace. Instead of using her finger to make a hole, she pressed a plastic heart shaped button into the dough. It was very cute, and perfect for her Valentine’s Day store.
I like to make these for school lunch boxes or travelling as they hold together very well. I can attest that they held up very well in a back pack on a recent plane flight!
They adapt well for gluten free cookies. This batch has been made using Namaste Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend. Depending on who is going to eat these, I use either regular wheat flour or gluten free flour.
This batch makes about 24 cookies.
- 4 oz butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup superfine baker’s sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups plain flour or gluten free flour blend
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup jam, any flavor
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease 2 baking trays and line with parchment paper.
- Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each egg.
- Add flour, baking powder and salt, mixing to form a pastry dough.
- Roll approximately one tablespoon of dough into a ball and place on the baking tray.
- Using a floured finger, press deeply into the center of each ball.
- Spoon a little jam of your choice into each hole.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until pale golden.
- Allow to cool briefly on the tray, and then transfer to a cooling rack.