Granny's Strawberry Preserves-Filled Cookies Recipe -
Granny's Strawberry Preserves-Filled Cookies Recipe
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Granny's Strawberry Preserves-Filled Cookies

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"Lightly spiced, soft cookies with a strawberry jam filling. Mmmmm! These are my favorite of the cookies mom makes every Christmas."

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr
  • COOK

    15 mins

    3 hrs 15 mins


  1. Beat shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer until creamy and smooth.
  2. Mix milk and vinegar together and let stand 5 minutes to make 'sour milk'. Stir sour milk, eggs, and vanilla extract into shortening mixture.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Mix flour mixture into shortening mixture until incorporated. Refrigerate until fully chilled, 2 hours to overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Roll dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface; cut into 2-inch rounds using a cookie cutter. Spoon 1 teaspoon preserves into the center of half the cookies; cover with remaining cookies. Lightly press edges of cookies together using a fork. Cut criss-cross slits into the top of each cookie using a knife. Arrange cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are golden, 13 to 15 minutes.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • These spread out a lot while baking. You will only get 6 or 8 on a full-sized cookie sheet. Keep the dough cold between each rolling; it will roll out better.

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Mar 24, 2013

I submitted this recipe - as pointed out by ckreestone (thanks), they made an error in the amount of preserves needed. Technically it would be 12 tbsp (or 3/4 cup) but I usually use a liberal tsp so have a full jar on hand! I also wanted to point out I added Before and After photos to show how much these cookies really spread out. Try them, they're delicious!

Apr 17, 2013

I did not care for the dough (nutmeg) flavour at all in this recipe. It did not seem to suit the filling. I gave it 3 stars because with some changes this could be a really good recipe. Perhaps cinnamon instead of nutmeg? Or an apple type filling instead to better suit the nutmeg? I doubled the batch and only ended up baking 18 cookies after tasting them, throwing out the rest. I'm sorry, I don't like posting negative reviews :(

Mar 21, 2013

OK, I had to say "this recipe was extremely hard to work with..dough needed more flour in order to roll out. Butttt, because I love working with dough, it was a fun challenge, and well worth it. Really good cookies and a great way to use up jam out of the fridge". Hubby loved the cookies and said it is a "must repeat recipe." Finicky, but fun.

Nov 14, 2013

This is the exact same recipe that my mother-in-law used to make. These cookies are absolutely wonderful. This was such a special and beloved recipe, that my mother-in-law would not share it outside of the family. (I guess the cat is out of the bag now.) This recipe is perfect as is. No additional flour is needed, just a well floured board and delicate handling. Do not substitute cinnamon for the nutmeg. The nutmeg lends a wonderful flavor that compliments the strawberry filling nicely. They do spread a bit. I use probably closer to a 1 1/2 inch round cookie cutter. When first baked, these are a little crispy on the edges but if you freeze them in single layers separated by wax paper, they are nicely soft when defrosted. Wonderful, wonderful recipe!!!!!

Dec 22, 2013

My family loves this recipe! It was handed down from my great grandmother and I have been making them for my family for 20 years. It is a little laborious but absolutely worth it.


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  • Calories
  • 153 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.2 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 6.2 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 120 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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