Old Fashioned Jam Drops

Jam Drops

These old fashioned jam drops are all I want in a biscuit (cookie). They are sweet, flavoursome and chewy with a crisp edge. Jam Drops require only a few simple ingredients and are so quick to make.

The recipe I have used originally came from the St Vincent’s Hospital Cookbook and was the recipe my grandmother, Jean, always used. My grandmother spent a lot of time taking care of all of her grandchildren. As well as her kindness and patience, I fondly remember her jam drop biscuits!



Before she was married Jean trained and worked as a nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital. It was relatively short career but was one that she enjoyed and was very proud of.

I have made one small change to the original recipe – replacing the cornflour with custard powder. I can’t claim this innovation came about as a result of inspired thinking. I was simply distracted while making a batch one day many years ago and mistook the custard powder box for the cornflour; a happy accident.

The biscuits (cookies) do spread quite a bit while baking. I forgot this and placed them too closely together on the tray so the presentation isn’t all that it could be. I would have liked to made another batch to photograph but it’s been crazy busy here. What started off as a conversation with my husband about a spring clean has quickly escalated into not only an unprecedented cleaning frenzy but new paint, carpets and lounge!

I added some sprinkles to the biscuits. It’s not authentic or necessary. That’s just how we roll here!

Jam Drops

adapted from the St Vincent’s Hospital Cookbook

jd ingredients

125g (4oz) butter (room temperature)
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 cup custard powder (or cornflour)
1/2 cup fine desiccated coconut
raspberry jam

to decorate (optional)


shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla; mix. Add the flour, custard powder and coconut; mix again. Roll into small balls. Place on a baking tray allowing plenty of room for them to spread. Create a well in the top by pressing your thumb into the middle. Fill the space with a small spoonful of jam.
Bake in a moderate oven (180C/350F) until golden brown. Remove from the oven and while they are still warm sprinkle over the decorations.


5 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Jam Drops

  1. Lovely Steph. Chris’ fav bikkie. Kate would love the addition. Sounds like things are definitely been busy at your place 🙂

  2. These are really pretty! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a good jam drop. I love the addition of sprinkles!

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