Donna Hay’s Jam Drop Cookies Recipe

This festive cookie recipe from Donna Hay, Australia's best-selling cookbook author, is easy to whip up for Christmas entertaining.

6 oz. butter, softened
1 cup caster (superfine) sugar
1 egg
2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
1/2 tsp baking powder
Jam (or jelly) to decorate


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. Add the egg and beat well.

Step 2: Stir through the flour and baking powder and mix to a dough.

Step 3: Roll 2 tsp of the mixture into balls. Place on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper, allowing room for the biscuits to spread, and flatten slightly.

Step 4: Press a finger into the middle of the dough to make an indent. Fill the hole with jam.

Step 5: Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Add a little more jam to the holes when the biscuits are hot.

Step 6: Cool on wire racks.

Makes 60 cookies

Reprinted with permission from Donna Hay’s Modern Classics Book 2 (2003 HarperCollinsCanada).

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