Jam Drops …

Jam Drops 001

Jam Drops are an old favourite in my house! I first remember learning to cook these during Home Economics in High School so here is my version that I’ve been cooking for years. It’s a simple recipe using basic ingredients but it turns out perfectly every time!

Jam Drops 002

Jam Drops …
Ingredients …
  • 150g butter, softened
  • ¾ cup castor sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence/extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind, finely grated (optional)
  • 2 cups self-raising flour (I use gluten-free)
  • Jam
Method …
  1. Preheat oven to 160C. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and creamy for approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add the egg, vanilla essence/extract and lemon rind and beat to combine.
  3. Remove bowl from mixer. Add flour and mix with a spatula or large spoon until a smooth dough forms.
  4. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Note: the dough will be light and a little sticky but should still roll into balls.
  5. Flatten slightly and then press your finger or knuckle into the centre of each biscuit to make a small indent.
  6. Fill each indent with ½ teaspoon of jam and then bake for 14-15 minutes or until light golden in colour.
  7. Allow to stand for 5 minutes on baking trays and then transfer to wire racks to cool.
  8. Makes approximately 24.

Clever Tricks, Tips & Hints:

I use gluten-free flours in all my baking but ordinary flour works beautifully. Also, the lemon rind is optional for this recipe. I love it because it gives the Jam Drops a beautiful but subtle tangy flavour. If your kids really don’t like it, just leave it out.

Use whatever jam you prefer or have in the fridge. I usually use strawberry or raspberry and for a different twist I added “Freckles” chocolates to some and they were a huge hit!

So tell me, what was one of the first biscuit recipes you learned to make an do you still make that same recipe today?


  1. I haven’t had a jam drop in years but I used to love them as a child because of the sweet jam centre :)

  2. Brings back lots of memories – nothing like good old-fashioned biscuit recipes :-D

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