Split-Second Jam Cookies


2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract)
1/2 cup good-quality jelly or jam, any flavor


Preheat your oven to 350° and set a rack to the middle position. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter, egg, and vanilla, and beat well until the dough comes together.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 4 parts. Shape each into a roll about 13 inches long, and transfer to an ungreased cookie sheet with about 4 inches between them. Press the logs down to a ¾-inch thickness. Use a knife handle to make a depression about ½ inch deep down the center of each log. Fill each depression with jam. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cut each loaf into a dozen bars while warm.


about 4 dozen cookies

Preparation Time

20 Minutes

Total Time

40 Minutes

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