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Jam Drops are one of those old-fashioned biscuits that everyone loves.  They are a beautiful buttery biscuit with a dollop of jam in the middle.

There are many versions of Jam Drops but this recipe is my favourite as it consists of only a few staple ingredients and is super simple to make.  You can use whatever jam is on hand – for my last batch I used Kiwifruit Microwave Jam.  Remember, when the biscuits come out of the oven, they will be soft but harden on standing.

Jam Drops

Jam Drops

Jam Drops


125g butter, softened
½ cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 ¾ cups self-raising flour
1 egg
Jam – any flavour


Preheat oven to 180C (360F).  Grease baking trays and line with baking paper.

Combine the butter, vanilla and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream together until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and beat well.  Gradually stir in the sifted flour and mix to a stiff paste.

Roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place about 5cm apart on prepared trays.  Using the end of a wooden spoon that has been dipped in flour, press a hollow into the centre of each biscuit.  Fill the hole with a little jam.

Jam Drops ready to bake

Jam Drops ready to bake

Bake biscuits for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Cool on the trays.

What would be your favourite jam for this recipe? Please share it in the comments below.

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