I’m a huge fan of homemade Christmas gifts, and¬†because I had excess Grapefruit Marmalade, I thought it would be fun to make Grapefruit Marmalade Jam Drops with the kids to gift the special people in their lives with homemade Christmas Hampers!¬†

I made this recipe with my 4-year old and 3-year old nephew, and they had a lot of fun making the indents in the cookies, and then eating the results afterwards! The cooled cookies can still be a little sticky where the jam is, but will hold up well enough to be packed into jars or treat bags to gift.

Jam Drops Recipe
Recipe Type: Sweets, Christmas
Author: Tammi Kwok (Inspired by Taste.com.au)
Serves: about 30 cookies
These jam drops are a great way to bake with the kids, and gift something homemade this Christmas! Here, I’ve used a food processor, but feel free to use a mixer or any tool of your choice.
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 190g – 240g self-raising flour
  • 150ml of any jam (I used homemade Grapefruit Marmalade)
  1. Heat your oven to 180C.
  2. In your food processor or standing mixer, cream butter and sugar. Make sure that the sugar is completely dissolved, or your cookie will spread heaps.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix till completely combined.
  4. Add the first 190g of flour and mix. If the mixture is a little runny – which can happen especially if it’s a hot day – add the last 50g with the mixer or food processor running, a tablespoon at a time, till it starts to clump and rolls into a ball.
  5. Roll heaped tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls, and, using your thumb, make an indentation in the middle of the cookie.
  6. [img src=”https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7517/15844030558_f2a7ecc56c_o.jpg”]
  7. Fill the hole with jam – about 1/4 tsp depending on the size of the indent – and bake till lightly golden around the edges. Leave to cool completely.
Generally, the smaller the cookie, the hotter and faster it should be baked. [br][br]Also, please make sure that the cookies are spaced well apart. When I tried to fit too many in a tray, the circulation of hot air was compromised and the cookies ended up spreading and becoming very deformed.


Finished Jam Drops

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