These soft and buttery homemade Jammie Dodgers are a UK staple! They are two shortbread biscuits sandwiched together with fruity jam such as strawberry or raspberry. I’ve packed all my tips in this post so that you can make them easily at home!

Jammie Dodgers are soft and buttery biscuits popular in the UK. Two shortbread cookies are sandwiched together with a raspberry or strawberry jam filling. I’ve packed all my tips in this post so that you can make them easily at home!

Bite out of a Jammie Dodger cookie, showing the soft and chewy texture.

These jammie dodgers smell so incredible that I couldn’t wait till they came out of the oven! Fruity jam fillings are stuffed between two layers of delicious shortbread, and they make a special treat as these cookies look amazing on a plate for guests to indulge in.

It’s perfect for High Tea as well as holidays such as Christmas. Kids can help to make the dough and cut it into shapes!

What is a Jammie Dodger?

Whenever you go to Britain, you’ll find Jammie Dodgers! “Jammie” means lucky in British slang and “Dodger” refers to the comic book character Roger the Dodger from the Beano.

These shortbread biscuits are manufactured by Burton’s Biscuit Company and are especially popular with children and for High Tea. As they’re harder to find in America, we created this homemade jammie dodger recipe.

These soft and buttery homemade Jammie Dodgers are a UK staple! They are two shortbread biscuits sandwiched together with fruity jam such as strawberry or raspberry.

What Kind of Jam is Best for Filling?

Jammy dodgers are usually made by adding jam fillings between the two layers of shortbread. Dark jams such as strawberry, raspberry or blackberry are the traditional look.

What are Popular Jammie Dodger Flavors?

Popular Jammie Dodger popular flavors include raspberry, lemon, toffee, orange, chocolate, Vimto and “berry blast”.

Can You Make Jammie Dodgers with Cream?

Yes, these jammie dodgers taste great with custard cream! Although this all-time classic treat traditionally has gooey jam filling, you can sub for a custard cream using the buttercream filling.

What are the Steps to Make Jammy Dodgers?

Step by step photo collage with 9 images showing how to make jammie dodger: from making the dough to assemble the cookie sandwiches.

How to Make Jammy Dodger Recipe

  • Mix flour, icing sugar and salt.
  • Add in the cubed butter and rub between your fingers until crumbly.
  • Stir in egg yolks and vanilla extract, mixing until a very soft dough forms.
  • Place the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap and roll out. Then chill for 30 minutes.
  • Cut the dough into small rounds and then cut another smaller circle out of the middle on half the rounds.
  • Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown.
  • Dust powdered sugar over the cookies with holes.
  • Assemble the cookies with your favorite jam!

Assembling Jammie Dodgers after the top layers were dusted with icing sugar.

Pro Tips for Making the Best Jammie Dodgers

  • Use high-quality unsalted butter to get that sweet, buttery flavor! Look for packages labeled “AA” on U.S. butter to indicate the highest grade, or a 93 score. You can also use European-style butter with a higher butterfat content.
  • Roll out your dough BEFORE chilling it. Not only will this will shorten your chilling time, but it also keeps the cookies cool during cutting so they hold their shape in the oven.
  • Place the dough between parchment paper or plastic wrap for easy rolling. The dough is very sticky, and this step prevents sticking to the roller to get PERFECTLY SMOOTH surface!
  • If you roll the dough thin, the baked cookies will be crisper.
  • Dust the top layers of the cookies with powdered sugar BEFORE assembly. This way you don’t get sugar on the jam.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between jammie dodger and Linzer cookies?

Both cookies have two layers filled with jam. Linzer cookies, hailing from Austria, are a Christmas treat made with pulverized almonds. In contrast, Jammie dodgers use traditional British shortbread.

What kind of cookie cutters should I use for jammie dodgers?

You can use any bite-size shape that you like. Traditionally it’s a 2-inch round shape, sometimes with fluted edges. You can shape into hearts, animals or Christmas trees.

How to store jammie dodgers?

Let jammie dodgers cool completely and store the unfilled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.  Fill them only on the day before serving. Assembled cookies can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for several days.

These soft and buttery homemade Jammie Dodgers are a UK staple! They are two shortbread biscuits sandwiched together with fruity jam such as strawberry or raspberry.
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Jammie Dodgers

Jammie Dodgers are super easy to make and perfect for holidays such as Christmas. They're filled with jam and dusted with powdered sugar for a beautiful look.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Chill Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 20 cookies

Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • cups  all-purpose flour
  • cup  powdered sugar
  • pinch salt
  • cup unsalted butter, cold, cubed
  • egg yolks
  • tsp vanilla extract, optional

Filling

  • 1/2  cup  powdered sugar
  • ½ cup strawberry jam, or raspberry jam

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, icing sugar and salt. Mix well.
  • Add the butter cubes to the flour mixture and rub with your fingers until crumbly.
  • Stir in the egg yolks and vanilla extract. Mix with a wooden spoon until a very soft dough forms. You can use a hand mixer for this step.
  • Place the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Roll out to about 1/8-inch thick.
  • Chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  • Peel the top layer of plastic wrap or parchment.
  • Cut out the chilled dough into rounds using a 2-inch round cookie cutter.
  • Cut another smaller 3/4-inch circle out of the middle of half the rounds. (For the leftover dough, you can combine it together and repeat the process).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place all the rounds on top.
  • Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown. (The surface should still be very pale.)
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Dust powdered sugar over half of the cookies that have holes in the middle.
  • Add your favorite jam onto the flat side of half the cookies. Spread it out evenly to about ¼ inch from the edges.
  • Lay the top halves onto the jam and press gently to form a sandwich!

Notes

  • Use high-quality unsalted butter to get that sweet, buttery flavor! Look for packages labeled "AA" on U.S. butter to indicate the highest grade, or a 93 score. You can also use European-style butter with a higher butterfat content.
  • Roll out your dough BEFORE chilling it. Not only will this will shorten your chilling time, but it also keeps the cookies cool during cutting so they hold their shape in the oven.
  • Place the dough between parchment paper or plastic wrap for easy rolling. The dough is very sticky, and this step prevents sticking to the roller to get PERFECTLY SMOOTH surface!
  • If you roll the dough thin, the baked cookies will be crisper.
  • Dust the top layers of the cookies with powdered sugar BEFORE assembly. This way you don’t get sugar on the jam.

Nutrition

Calories: 267kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 85mg, Potassium: 37mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 310IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg
Author: Cindy
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Jammie Dodgers
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