If you love butter cookies like I do, try this very buttery one with jam in the middle! It is an easy recipe with very few ingredients! For the chocoholics I know I add some drizzled chocolate on top. Use whatever preserves or jam you like! I made the ones pictured a little bigger. I used a cookie scoop and that will make 20 cookies, but if you follow the recipe to make 1-inch balls, you will yield 27! Enjoy!

Makes: 27


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup fruit preserves or jam, not jelly,


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • 2. With a mixer, mix together the butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy.
  • 3. Add in the flour and salt and mix to form a soft dough.
  • 4. With your hands, roll small pieces of the dough into 1-inch balls and put them on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • 5. Use your thumb to make an indent in the center of the ball. Then spread the indent a little wider, keeping a round shape to the cookie. This way you can get in more jam!
  • 6. Fill the depressions with jam to the top of the cookie. The jam will sink a little during the baking.
  • 7. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-13 minutes until just lightly browned around the edges. Do not over bake!
  • 8. Put the cookie sheet on a wire rack and let the cookies cool for 3 minutes still on the cookie sheet, then remove the cookies to the wire rack to cool completely. (Drizzle some melted chocolate on top of the cooled cookies if you’d like!)
  • 9. Store the cookies covered on the countertop.


  1. tanvibytes May 18, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Wow these look delicious!

    1. Anonymous May 18, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      Yes Yes! Nice buttery taste!

    2. Angie September 9, 2021 at 11:33 pm

      Nice and buttery!!

  2. Anonymous May 16, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Exactly what I said to myself! Lol

  3. Margo May 16, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    These are the most delicious cookies I made them every Christmas. But no reason not to make them now😜


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