Jam Filled Bow Tie Cookies

Sunday, November 19, 2017
This vintage recipe of Jam filled bow tie cookies are so delicate and delicious, this will be your go to recipe for any occasion. Just a warning, they smell so good baking you can hardly wait to eat the first one without burning the roof of your mouth!

a jam filled Italian Cookie Shaped into bow ties with powdered sugar

They were often made for wedding trays and mom would make dozens of them for family weddings.

The nice thing about this dough is you can fill them with anything. Jam, peanut butter, nut spreads, butter spreads, cinnamon and nuts.

a jam filled Italian Cookie Shaped into bow ties with powdered sugar

A Special Occasion Cookie Mom Made I Secretly Loved

I can still remember my mom making these cookies when I was a child and the taste is etched in my mind.

I loved how she threw everything in a bowl and it was always the perfect recipe.

I just wished they weren't just for special occassions.

I always had to wait for mom to make these for just wedding trays.

I knew there was always those special cookies our Italian family made just for those times.

Secretly they were my all time favorite cookie. I just never told her.

It was easier to sneak those cookies after the cooled and eat them. What delicious memories!

Weddings, Communions, Baptisms and Confirmations were the big cookies making times, and of course Christmas.

a jam filled Italian Cookie Shaped into bow ties with powdered sugar

Whatever you want to add to the dough these jam filled bow ties can transform in to any flavor you like.

I really love the jams as you can add so much color to a big tray of cookies.

a jam filled Italian Cookie Shaped into bow ties with powdered sugar

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Jam Filled Bow Tie Cookies

prep time: 15 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 40 mins


1 cup butter 
2 1/2 cups flour
1 egg
Note: If you love the traditional style dough, omit the egg above and add  one 8 ounce package of cream cheese to this recipe that is the biggest difference. 
Assorted jams and fillings, pineapple, raspberry, apricot, blueberry, nutella,  almond paste ( whatever you like)

Garnish: powdered sugar


Mix butter, flour and egg to form soft dough in a heavy mixer. This is easier to use if you refrigerate it for 20 minutes.

Flour a board. Roll dough out. Cut with fluted edge circle cookie cutter. Fill with a little bit of the jam. Fold circle toward the center and pinch to form bows.

Bake at 400 hot preheated oven until set. Around 10 to 15 minutes until slightly golden brown. 

Cool completely on wax paper or parchment paper.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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  1. These are beautiful! I love the variety with jewel toned jams! Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend!!! xo

  2. We adore shortbread cookies too. These look holiday perfect.

  3. Omg gotta try to make these bow ties. They look really good. I would make them with strawberry jelly.


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