Shortbread cut-out biscuits with jam

Dec 19, 2023
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Savour the delight of these scrumptious shortbread cookies, each one bursting with a delicious jam filling—an ideal Christmas treat!

Whether shared as thoughtful gifts or kept for your own enjoyment with a cuppa, their irresistible charm is sure to bring joy!

I used strawberry and apricot jams for this recipe, but feel free to substitute if neither of those are to your taste.

Makes 24.


  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1/3 cup rice flour or corn flour
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • Extra icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Place butter, icing sugar and vanilla into an electric beater and beat until light and fluffy. Stir flour and rice flour into butter mixture until a soft dough forms. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead until smooth.
  2. Preheat oven to 160C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Half dough and form each piece into a round disc. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 25 minutes or until firm. Roll 1 disc of dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until 4mm thick. Using a 7cm round fluted biscuit cutter, cut 12 biscuits from dough and place onto a baking tray.
  3. Repeat with remaining dough, this time cutting a small star with a cutter from the centre of each biscuit. Place on remaining tray. Bake for 15 minutes or until firm to the touch and cooked through. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Place the whole biscuits onto a flat surface. Spoon 2 teaspoons of jam onto each biscuit, spreading almost to the edge of biscuit. Dust icing sugar over remaining biscuits with star cut out. Place star biscuits over jam biscuits.
  5. Serve.
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