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Jammy Dodgers

On my first trip to Great Britain, I stumbled upon these cookies (or biscuits in the U.K.). These iconic treats, also spelled Jammie Dodgers, can be found everywhere over there. Since I couldn't find them in the States, I had to make my own homemade Jammy Dodger recipe. —James Schend, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 1 dozen


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup seedless strawberry jam
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in egg yolk, water and extract until mixture forms a ball.
  • On a lightly floured sheet of parchment paper, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Transfer dough and paper to a baking sheet; refrigerate until firm, about 10 minutes. Cut with a lightly floured 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter. Using a floured 1-in. round cookie cutter, cut out the centers of half of the cookies. Place solid and window cookies 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 325° for 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Dust window cookies with confectioner' sugar. Spread 2 teaspoons jam on bottoms of solid cookies; top with window cookies.

Jammy Dodger Tips

What is in a Jammy Dodger?

This Jammy Dodger recipe is based on a popular shortbread sandwich cookie sold in the U.K. called Jammie Dodgers. They're usually filled with raspberry or strawberry jam. Fun fact: In the U.K, they refer to sugar as "caster sugar" and confectioners' sugar as "icing sugar." (If you like this recipe, be sure to check out our other cookie recipes from around the world!)

Why is a Jammy Dodger called a Jammy Dodger?

Rumor has it that Jammy Dodgers got their name from a popular U.K. comic called The Beano. "Dodger" is said to refer to Roger the Dodger, a character in the comic.

What other fillings can I use for homemade Jammy Dodgers?

There are plenty of other fillings you can use! We recommend swapping the strawberry jam used in this recipe for seedless raspberry jam, seedless blackberry jam, red plum jam or any other homemade jam recipes. Lemon curd is a popular Jammy Dodger filling, too!

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor, and Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 283 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 135mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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