The Most Delicious Jam Drop Recipe

These jam drops remind me of my Nan, they were one of her good old favourites that she used to bake regularly. These are quick, easy and ooohhh so delicious!

I was searching through some of my old recipes and I came across this recipe handwritten by my Nan. She was a great baker, always having beautiful fresh new treats ready for when we visited, scones, ANZAC biscuits and my favourite were her Jam Drops. To my delight, I found this recipe.  I am so glad I can share a part of my childhood from my Nan with my kids.



  • Author: Katrina
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 18+ 1x


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup jam, any flavour


  1. Preheat oven to 180C, fan forced.
  2. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper or a silicone mat.
  3. In an electric mixer, add butter and sugar, mix for 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, mix to combine.
  5. Add flour and salt, mix to form dough.
  6. Roll tablespoon of mixture into balls, flatten slightly.
  7. Place on baking tray, leave 5cm between each.
  8. Press floured finger deeply into the centre of each ball.
  9. Fill each hole with your favourite flavour of jam.
  10. Bake biscuits for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to completely cool.

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Kylie G September 6, 2013 - 12:03 PM

Ooh, about to try this right now! Always looking for easy yummy recipes my two boys can help with!

Kirsty September 6, 2013 - 1:29 PM

This was one of my Gran’s go-to recipes! Thanks for posting – I think I’ll make some on the weekend and think about how much I loved her <3

Trish September 6, 2013 - 11:08 PM

Yum-o! Thanks for sharing.

madhatter November 22, 2013 - 1:43 PM

the recipe is not too bad. makes a few but tastes just like the ones I have made from the taste website and I like the fact that u put more jam the jam drops on after cooking for the photo. very cheeky of u…

Shelly December 15, 2013 - 7:23 PM

I found this a really easy recipe to make and very yummy but found they rose a bit high might want to cut the self raising flour down a bit. I am going to try that next time but other than that loved it. Still tasted yummy like my Mum’s jam drops just fatter lol

Natasha February 14, 2014 - 3:49 PM

I made them a little bigger so only made 16 but my husband and son loved them! That batch was gone in a couple of hours so making a double batch today. Thanks for sharing this is my new favorite jam drop recipe 🙂

Katrina February 15, 2014 - 6:21 AM

great idea Natasha making them bigger, ours usually go so quickly to, very yummy recipe!

Tammy February 15, 2014 - 11:31 AM

Do these freeze well? I haven’t frozen jam before ..??

Katrina February 15, 2014 - 4:27 PM

Yes, they freeze really well Tammy, freeze them the same day you bake them and once reheated you won’t even know they were frozen.

Tammy February 15, 2014 - 4:39 PM

Thank you! They have turned out really well, and soo simple to make!!

Katrina February 17, 2014 - 6:36 AM

That’s great!!

Diane Drayton Buckland June 9, 2014 - 3:07 PM

I appreciate lovely people such as yourself, sharing this information, to help make us all better home cooks and the fact that so many people will do anything for $$$ – I personally thank you for the fact that you are so decent in sharing this information free of cost to us all.
Thank you sincerely, Diane

Katrina June 16, 2014 - 8:23 AM

Thank you Diane, you are very welcome x

Josh Savage July 11, 2014 - 1:11 PM

Great recipe, it made 24 and they all came out monstrous!

Tresa September 24, 2015 - 5:53 AM

Does the jam become chewy after the baking?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 28, 2015 - 7:03 PM

Hi Tresa, no makes it a little sticky, which is what you want, but definately not chewy 🙂

Courtnney February 7, 2016 - 9:02 AM

I make this recipe all the time thankyoy heaps its a family favorite. i just add a little more jam ?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 8, 2016 - 7:27 PM

So pleased to be sharing my Nan’s recipe with you xx

Diann February 27, 2016 - 6:59 PM

I just made your Nan’s jam drops and they are just beautiful thank you so much for the recipe!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 29, 2016 - 11:31 AM

That’s wonderful, she would love that I am sharing her recipe!!

Rebecca May 20, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Ive been looking for a good jam drop recipe for years! My mum used to make them when we were kids and i wish i had her recipe. Cant wait to try them!

Mark September 19, 2016 - 9:22 PM

Review your recipes I’ve just made this recipe and you say to use a tablespoon of mixture, to much, and then to cook for 20-25 minutes and they were burnt at 15 minutes. Try making your recipes first don’t just cut and paste which it looks like you’ve done, get organised, The Organised Housewife!!

Karmyn March 9, 2017 - 2:25 PM

I’m making these right now … I was just wondering when you get these out of the oven do they harden as they cool? I had them in for 9 minutes and some of them were burning but I think my oven is a little dodgey. Thanks 🙂

les brown November 28, 2018 - 6:22 AM

Hi Kat,
I am the self-proclaimed king of jam dot makers. Ha. Most recipes are roughly the same. I make them for my favourite coffee shop where they can’t get enough of them. In my book, I wouldn’t never make them without dessicated coconut in them. That ingredient raises them to a new level. Try using different jams in some of them too.
I make some that are 13cms across. They sell really well.
I noticed one lady asked if they could be frozen. If you have cooked them well enough, there is no need to. Place them in plastic envelopes and into the fridge or straight into your biscuit barrel.
I mainly use your 100 cookies recipe, Kat. I add vanilla essence and dessicated coconut. Making the large variety I get ten – twelve jam dots from the mix.
Thanks for your recipes, Kat. I use so many of them.
Best wishes,

Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 3, 2018 - 9:14 AM

wow Les!! 13cm across, thats crazy 🙂 I will hace to try that!

Lyn Wilton June 6, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Kate les talked of your 100 cookies recipes. Is this a book and can I buy one please?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 10, 2020 - 2:21 PM Reply
Betty Edd June 10, 2020 - 1:23 PM

Thanks for sharing. I love a good jam drop and these are super easy. However I would say 10 mins in the oven is plenty to keep them soft and lightly golden and also if you chill your dough first they will hold their form better. Lastly 2 teaspoons of dough is plenary for each cookie.
Just a tip for those baking these for the first time. Happy Baking and thank you again for sharing. ?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 10, 2020 - 2:36 PM

Thanks for sharing your ideas Betty 🙂

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