Italian Raspberry Jam Filled Shortbread Cookies

Thursday, December 3, 2009

This cookie is good anytime of the year, but I do keep this one special for my Christmas cookie tray. Its so festive with the powdery sugar and reminds me of snow, its just the right cookie to put me in the holiday spirit to start my holiday baking.
Mom and I use to make these shortbreads when I was a little girl and being raspberry was all our favorite, the same filling was used every time even though you have several other jams you could use. We had tried all kinds of other jams, but always came back to raspberry. Hope your family likes them as much as we do...enjoy!
Similar in style to a linzer cookie, however a very different ingredients. We usually use these on a wedding tray using a heart shaped cut out. I used the star cutout for the season going on our Christmas tray. Next these go into a preheated oven of 350 until the edges are browned. Cool, and confectionery sugar goes on top.

Using a little flour so the dough doesn't stick, cut out two round cookies or with a cookie cutter of your choice, put a small amount of jam on the middle of the bottom cookie then take another cut out piece of dough and cut a hole in the center of it for the top of the cookie(if you have cutter shapes which are a linzer style cookie cutter, you can use them). Some of the jam peeks out the top when you cover it.

After mixing dough it will work easier by chilling for at least an hour...I can tell you I have skipped this step before and wished I hadn' sure to refrigerate this and don't start these if you're in a hurry.

Italian Filled Raspberry Jam Cookies

1 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 egg yolks
3 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 2/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 cup seedless raspberry preserves


Mix all ingredients in a bowl to form a dough, except for preserves.
Chill dough 1 hour
Roll into an 1/8 inch thickness and cut into circles with a shot glass or cookie cutter of your choice. You will need two pieces of dough to make a sandwich, for each cookies.

Fill with 1/2 teaspoon of jam and top with another circle, take a knife and put a little hole in the center, place on greased sprayed cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven at 350* until lightly browned around 10 minutes.

Cool and dust with powdered sugar.

+claudia lamascolo  Author 


  1. @honeyb thanks....making christmas cookies is hard not to eat them all before

  2. Your cookies look wonderful! My mother and Aunt both made these for Christmas. I've been trying to convince my cousin, the family baker, to do the same for quite some time now.

  3. This looks fantastic....I have not attempted to make fancy cut out cookies. Well done.

  4. So lovely cookies I want them not only for Christmas for everyday :)



  5. Beautiful cookies! My mom used to make similar cookies... Brings back memories... :)

  6. Wow! That is a beautiful cookie!! You should open a bakery!

  7. love anytype of jam cookie and these look perfect - recipe is a keeper...

  8. How pretty! I love the snowy white powdered sugar. I will be making Italian jam-filled cookies also - hope they turn out as gorgeous as yours!

  9. These remind me of these almond cookie sandwiches filled with raspberry jam that my mother would make during the holidays. They were hands-down the best cookie, and so worth the extra effort of rolling them out, cutting them and all that! These are pretty!

  10. These cookies are so cute, and mouth watering.

  11. The linzer cookie is my favorite in the world--I barely can get them out as gifts! I use a bit of tumeric to get a more "yolk" appearance in the dough owing to my having to make them vegan, but oh, those look delicious!

  12. great cookies, this is what I love about the Christmas holiday season.. it's cookie galore!

  13. Thank you all so much for your kind comments and so glad you all like this cookie.....would love this to be part of your special holiday tray...a little food friendship and baking is an awesome way for us to share the holiday together cheers and thank you again! ......

  14. these cookies look gorgeous! i am getting my holiday list ready for my own cookies! :)

  15. Those looks so good and festive:)

  16. Yum, raspberry shortbead cookies - for me it's a taste of home!.. ^_^

  17. Beautiful cookies! These would make perfect gifts for my neighbors, though I'm not sure my family would let me give them away.

  18. Whoo hoo! You made it into the Top Nine with your gorgeous cookies!

  19. I had these type of cookies before they are "tha bomb", very Moorish especially with an Americano coffee. well done thanks for the share...Rico xxx
    By the way gorgeous profile pic.

  20. I am drinking my morning coffee right now and I SO want your cookies. Beautiful photos! Thank you so much for sharing with us and congrats on making the FoodBuzz Top 9!

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  21. thanks for your support, and as always its a shock when the photo is picked for Top 9 thanks so much for your kindness and appreciation of my blog :) Happy baking to all of you :)

  22. Congratulation for top 9 today :)
    indeed they look adorable cookies !

  23. These were easy to make and tasted good. Thanks for sharing!


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