Granny's Strawberry Preserves-Filled Cookies

Granny's Strawberry Preserves-Filled Cookies

JoolieOfAllTrades 2

"Lightly spiced, soft cookies with a strawberry jam filling. Mmmmm! These are my favorite of the cookies mom makes every Christmas."

Ingredients 3 h 15 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 153 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 153 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 6.2 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 23.2g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 120 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Beat shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer until creamy and smooth.
  2. Mix milk and vinegar together and let stand 5 minutes to make 'sour milk'. Stir sour milk, eggs, and vanilla extract into shortening mixture.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Mix flour mixture into shortening mixture until incorporated. Refrigerate until fully chilled, 2 hours to overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Roll dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface; cut into 2-inch rounds using a cookie cutter. Spoon 1 teaspoon preserves into the center of half the cookies; cover with remaining cookies. Lightly press edges of cookies together using a fork. Cut criss-cross slits into the top of each cookie using a knife. Arrange cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are golden, 13 to 15 minutes.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • These spread out a lot while baking. You will only get 6 or 8 on a full-sized cookie sheet. Keep the dough cold between each rolling; it will roll out better.
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  1. 5 Ratings


I submitted this recipe - as pointed out by ckreestone (thanks), they made an error in the amount of preserves needed. Technically it would be 12 tbsp (or 3/4 cup) but I usually use a liberal tsp so have a full jar on hand! I also wanted to point out I added Before and After photos to show how much these cookies really spread out. Try them, they're delicious!


I did not care for the dough (nutmeg) flavour at all in this recipe. It did not seem to suit the filling. I gave it 3 stars because with some changes this could be a really good recipe. Perhaps cinnamon instead of nutmeg? Or an apple type filling instead to better suit the nutmeg? I doubled the batch and only ended up baking 18 cookies after tasting them, throwing out the rest. I'm sorry, I don't like posting negative reviews :(


OK, I had to say "this recipe was extremely hard to work with..dough needed more flour in order to roll out. Butttt, because I love working with dough, it was a fun challenge, and well worth it. Really good cookies and a great way to use up jam out of the fridge". Hubby loved the cookies and said it is a "must repeat recipe." Finicky, but fun.