Jam Drop Biscuits

by | Jun 9, 2022 | Recipe

Jam Drop Biscuits

Jam Drop biscuits are a classic. This recipe is simple and good fun to do with the kids. I’ve cooked them many times with my granddaughters and it’s a lot of fun.

The jam drop biscuit. A beautiful traditional little biscuit. This recipe is a fun one to do with the kids. I’ve cooked with all of my granddaughters. We love being in the kitchen together. The three-year-old and the eight-year-olds have different roles in the kitchen of course. But they all fight over who gets to put their thumb in the dough to make the little divot for the jam. When we make it all together I pick a couple of different jams. We split the batch of biscuits in half and then everyone gets their own biscuits to divot and fill.

This recipe works well with any of our jams. Strawberry Jam is probably the most common, a perennial favourite. I really like it with our Plum Jam. The latest batch of plums from Lee’s tree at home was so well balanced between sweet and tart. That, combined with the sweetness of this basic biscuit recipe makes for a great flavour combination. 

The biscuit recipe is the same recipe we use for just about every biscuit, like our Smartie biscuit. It’s consistent and has a basic sweetness that works as a vehicle for whatever you want to add in or on, in this case, our delicious jam. 

A couple of tips to consider, both to do with the adding of the jam. The first one is one to keep in mind particularly if you’re working with the kids on this recipe. Be careful not to press through the dough too far. If the jam gets through to the tray it will just stick and burn which is not nice. A good lesson for the kids about care and a light touch as well. It’s fun for the kids to use their fingers but if you want to go for consistency you can use the end of the wooden spoon, or even a wine cork, depending on the size of your biscuits of course. 

Once the ‘perfect’ indent has been made try not to overfill it with jam. You need the space for the jam to expand a little, if you put the jam in above the level of the hole it can bubble up, overflow and burn, which is not a good look or taste really. 

Other than that it’s a very simple recipe, a bit of fun for the kids if you want to get them involved and a delicious biscuit to present at your next afternoon tea or slip into a lunchbox. 


  • Butter, softened | 150g

  • Castor sugar | 1/2 cup

  • Brown sugar | 1/2 cup

  • Egg | 1

  • Vanilla Essence | 1 teaspoon

  • Plain Flour | 1 & 3/4 cups

  • Dodo’s Jam of choice

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 180C

Step 2

Line a baking tray with baking paper

Step 3

With an electric beater, cream butter and both sugars together

Step 4

Still with the beater, add the egg and vanilla

Step 5

Fold in flour with a wooden spoon

Step 6

Divide into portions. This mix should get about 12 biscuits.

Step 7

Indent the top of the biscuit and fill with jam of choice, leaving a little space at the top

Step 8

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the biscuits start to brown

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