Jam Drops

Jam Drops

Did you know in America the Aussie classic Jam Drops are know as thumbprint cookies? I think I like our name better, it shows more creativity!

For decades Jam Drops have been many families favourite biscuit. They show regularly at school fetes, fundraiser stalls and your grandmas kitchen table.

I relived the memory of the humble jam drop this weekend to fulfil the craving I had been having for them all week.


125gm Butter, softened
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
1 Egg
1 Cup Plain Flour
1/2 Cup Self Raising Flour


1. In a medium bowl place the softened butter, sugar and vanilla essence. Using electric beaters or a stand mixer cream together.
2. Add the egg and continue to beat until well combined.
3. Add the flours and mix until a dough forms.
4. Take tablespoon size amounts, roll into a ball, place onto a lined baking tray. Repeat until all the dough is used.
5. Using your thumb, push down on the balls to make an indent.
6. Add a drop of strawberry jam (or your favourite jam)
7. Bake in a 180 degree celcius oven for 10 minutes or until lightly golden.
8. Remove from the tray and allow to cool on a rack.


1. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla essence into the jug with the mixing blade. Speed 5, 20 seconds. Scrape down the side.
2. Add the egg, process speed 4, 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides.
3. Add the flours, process speed 3, 30 seconds until the dough forms.

Continue from step 4 above.

Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Makes 20-24

You can easily double the ingredients to make a larger batch.

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10 Responses to Jam Drops

  1. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile March 27, 2015 at 7:36 am #

    I never knew they were called thumbprint cookies! Well there you go. We love jam drops in our house… in fact, it’s been way to long since I’ve made a batch! Thanks for joining our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party. xx

  2. Carolyn @ champagne Cartel March 27, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    Jam drops are my absolute favourite biscuit! This is going on my weekend baking plan.

  3. amrita March 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    Can i use regular sugar over brown sugar?I dont have brown sugar rite now but im so craving for sugar i wanna make them now. So should i use regular sugar?

  4. Mandy Barbie Bieber Beyond March 28, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    These are my hubbies all time favourite bickies…. saving this recipe for later..thanks!!

  5. gemma November 16, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Hi there i made a batch of jam drops on the weekend, it wasn’t this recipe but mine ended up flattening out while they cooked?? Any tips??

    • Amanda November 17, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

      It really depends on the recipe you used. The sugar to butter ratio might not of been right.

  6. Jo September 8, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

    Made them today with Mr 3 and they’re a BIG hit

  7. Hayley March 1, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    Can you freeze them?

    • Amanda March 3, 2017 at 10:54 am #

      yes you can, in an air tight container.

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