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Jam Sandwich Cookies with Sugar Cookie Dough

This soft and chewy jam sandwich cookies recipe with sugar cookie dough is a sweet little treat for holidays. Using purchased sugar cookie dough and jam, colorful jam “peeks out” of cut out shapes.

Jam Sandwich Cookies made with premade sugar cookie dough on a platter with red jam in heart cut outs.

I recently asked my Instagram followers what their favorite Christmas cookies were. The overwhelming number one favorite was Sugar Cookies! I tend to agree. Christmas just isn’t Christmas at our house without a batch of Old Fashioned Cut Out Rolled Sugar Cookies.

Sometimes, though, we might be rushed for time, so I decided to experiment with premade sugar cookie dough for this recipe. It worked amazing!

How to Make this Jam Sandwich Cookies Recipe with Purchased Sugar Cookie Dough

The two ingredients you'll need for this recipe - a purchased package of rolled sugar cookie dough and jam.
You only need 2 ingredients for this easy sugar cookie recipe!

Ingredients needed:

  • Purchased sugar cookie dough – The only brand I could find where I live here in Canada was Pillsbury, in a 468 gram package.
  • Jam of choice – I chose strawberry jam for most of these cookies, and peach jam for the ones with star cut outs. You can use flavors purchased jam like raspberry, peach, apricot, or strawberry, or use these cookies to showcase your own homemade jam – like old fashioned blackberry jam!
The process steps of making jam sandwich cookies.
Use different cookie cutter shapes – like hearts & stars – to use for different holidays or occasions. The jam will make the shapes stand out.
A plate full of rounc jam filled sandwich cookies with strawberry jam filling a heart shaped cutout.
Jam Sandwich sugar cookies with red hearts are a sweet treat for Christmas or Valentine’s Day.

Video for How to Make Jam Filled Sandwich Cookies

I made a quick little video of making this cookie recipe for my Instagram stories, so I thought you might enjoy seeing it, too. Here it is:

Tips for this jam filled sandwich cookie recipe:

  • While you are working on the first half of the sugar cookie dough, wrap the second half of dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to keep cool. I found that as the dough warmed up, it spread out more during the baking process.
  • Using the tines of a fork makes a pretty design around the edges and seals them nicely, but you don’t have to use a fork to seal the edges. Just pressing down with your fingers works, too.
  • If you want these sugar cookies to be soft, bake them just until they are barely starting to turn golden brown. If they are too brown, they will become more of a crispy cookie.
  • Sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar for an added garnish.
  • I was a little skimpy with the jam in some of the cookies, as I didn’t want it to run out during the baking process. I thought it might get more liquid while baking and spread out. However, it didn’t. So, make sure there is enough jam to fit underneath the cut out portion of the top cookie.
  • The cut out portions of the dough make darling little cookies, too. Just put a tiny bit of jam on the bottom one, cover with the top cutout and seal the edges. A sprinkle of colored sugar looks cute on them, too.
Jam filled sandwich cookies cut in the shape of mittens with a heart cut out in the middle filled with strawberry jam.
Jam sandwich cookies cut out like mittens could be given as a gift with a tag that says, “You warm my heart!”

Frequently asked questions

“Do jam filled cookies need to be refrigerated?”

Since these cookies only have a small amount of jam or jelly in them, they can be safely stored in a covered container on a countertop for a few days. However, any longer than a few days, they should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer for best results.

“Can I freeze jam sandwich cookies to use later?”

I’ve read that jam doesn’t freeze incredibly well. However, I have frozen these cookies and used them later, and they still seemed fine! The dusting of powdered sugar should be done just before serving, though.

How should you store cookies?”

Store cookies in a tightly sealed container or ziploc bag with parchment or wax paper between the layers.

“What is the difference between parchment paper and wax paper?”

Great question! I had fun researching when I was asked, “Can wax paper be put in the oven?” – read it about it here.

Jam sandwich cookies with star cutout and peach jam.
Peach jam looks beautiful in star shaped cutouts for Christmas cookies.

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Jam Filled Sandwich Cookies

Jam Filled Sandwich Cookies

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

This soft and chewy jam sandwich cookie recipe with sugar cookie dough is a sweet little treat for holidays. Using purchased sugar cookie dough and jam, colorful jam “peeks out” of cut out shapes.


  • 1 package sugar cookie dough
  • 1/2 cup jam -flavor of choice


  1. Step 1: Follow the instructions on the cookie dough package to prepare the dough for cut out cookies.
  2. Step 2: Form the dough into a ball on a lightly floured surface and cut it in half.
  3. Step 3: Roll out the half of dough 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired shape.
  4. Step 4: Transfer 1/2 of the shapes onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, and place them 2 inches a part.
  5. Step 5: Heat jam slightly in the microwave to make it easy to spread, and spread about 1 teaspoon of jam in the center of the dough on the cut outs on the cookie sheets. Make sure it doesn’t go all the way to the edges or it might seep out during baking.
  6. Step 6: With the other half of the shapes, cut out a small cut out out of the center (like a heart or star).
  7. Step 7: Align the cut out cookies on top of the jam topped cookies and press the edges shut with your finger or the tines of a fork.
  8. Step 8: Repeat the process with the second half of the dough.
  9. Step 9: Bake in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until they just start to have a slightly golden color.
  10. Step 10: Cool completely on cookie sheet before transfering to cooling rack.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 8gSugar: 5g

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