you can’t beat old favourites like jam drops

I know you can make macarons (well, not that I’ve ever made them) and lots of fancy biscuits and cakes these days. And I have so many cookbooks with fancy recipes. But what I love to make and love to eat is the simple stuff. Recipes that have the basics that you always have in your fridge and pantry, that don’t take too long and that always get eaten. And jam drops are always a winner in this house.

Mind you we always have a few where the jam is sliding off the biscuit onto that tray and sometimes under the biscuit. But that just adds to the homemade appeal and trust me…hungry little people don’t care. This recipe made 3 trays of biscuits and there were 2 or 3 left by dinner time.

enjoy……………….we certainly did!

5.0 from 2 reviews
you can't beat old favourites like jam drops
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quick, easy and no fancy ingredients required
Recipe type: baking
Serves: 24
What you'll need
  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence/extract
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Jam of your choice
  1. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add in the egg and mix until well combined. Gradually add sifted flour and baking powder and mix until a dough forms.
  2. If you have a thermomix then process the butter, sugar and vanilla on speed 5 for 20-30 seconds and scrape down the bowl. Add the egg and process 20 seconds speed 4. Add in flour and baking powder and process for about 30-40 seconds on speed 3 until a dough forms.
  3. Place small teaspoonfuls of mixture in round balls on lined baking trays.
  4. Press down gently with a thumbprint and place a small amount of jam in that indent.
  5. Don't go crazy with the jam.
  6. Bake in a preheated 160 degree oven for about 15 minutes and don't overcook the biscuit or the jam will change appearance.
  7. Remove from oven, leave to cool a couple of minutes on the tray before moving to a cooling rack. I like to add in a dash more jam to each biscuit at this point and it makes them look a bit prettier.
  8. Eat and enjoy.



  1. It’s early, but yum yum. Classic.

  2. Love this! May have to give this recipe a go tomorrow :)

  3. These are favourites in our house as well. And with 4 kids they don’t last long. I have to watch them trying to pinch them when I get them out of the oven as the jam will burn their little tongues. We also love them with Lemon Butter. Now I just have to go and make some…..

  4. Masses of baking going on here, the weather has been perfect for it. I have some cookie dough in the fridge from yesterday, might use that and add jam… nostalgia, I made jam drops a lot when I was little.

    • oh yum! I never made them as a kid but I’m sure I’m making up for it now and YES it is the weather for lots of cooking and baking! so cold!

  5. So delicious with blueberry jam!

  6. Justine says:

    Ha ha, love how Keira has her hands on both plates of biscuits!! They must be good 😉

  7. There is nothing better! xx

  8. Natalie says:

    Used your recipe this morning, everyone loves them and they’re disappearing fast! Had to up the amount of flour though as my dough was a wee bit sticky, not sure what I did there but yummy end result so all good! Ta!

  9. Hi Corrie, I made these biscuits today using your recipe. Of course they didnt turn out looking as pretty, but they’re delicious all the same and the family love them.
    Thanks :-)

  10. I love the simple and much loved recipes too. I havn’t made jam drops in ages, will try your recipe out!

  11. Just giving this one a try for the school fair tomorrow :)

  12. Hi Corrie,
    I love you’r recipe and instead of vanilla essence I’m using orange zest to see how that goes !!!!!!
    Thanks for the recipe :)

  13. Just made these this morning using gluten free flour ans coconut sugar….turned out soooo yummy. My boys will love for a treat when they get home from kindy. Thank u

  14. Myzel Gaitera says:

    I like this recipe. Yum yum


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