Jam Heart Biscuits {DIY}

December 20, 2010 by

I love baking, and this year I’m going to make some of my gifts rather than buy them. We see many friends and family members over the festive season, but there’s no way that we can buy every single one a gift. So I would rather make something pretty that everyone, even children, can enjoy. I also agree with Nigella Lawson who reckons that sometimes it’s easier and less stressful to whip up something in your kitchen, than to face the shopping malls.

I just love these pretty jam cookies made by Mari Hanekom from Delicately Different. I think cookies are the perfect gift, because everyone loves them! She was kind enough to share the recipe with us (see below). In the spirit of Christmas I will be cutting out star and Christmas tree shapes rather than hearts.  You could also cut out letters, and spell out a special message. Remember that presentation is everything, so decorate it with a beautiful ribbon and a gift tag. The glass jars are from Consol.

Images Christine Meintjes

Styling Flowers in The Foyer

Heart Shaped Jam Cookies

  • 125 g Butter
  • 250 ml Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 625 ml Flour
  • 12.5 ml Baking Powder
  • 1 ml Salt
  • ± 125 ml strawberry, raspberry or cherry jam, strained.


1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light, fluffy and pale.

2.  Add eggs one by one, mixing well after each addition. Sieve in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well until a dough forms. Leave the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

3. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut out 25 – 30 rounds using a round cookie cutter. Cut heart shapes out of the centre of half of the rounds. Place them all on a lined baking tray.

4. Bake  for  8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat jam in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced and thickened, about 7 minutes, leave to cool.

5. When the cookies are done,  remove the tray  from oven and allow to cool. To assemble, sandwich the whole rounds and the heart cut-out rounds together with strawberry jam.

5. Leave for a while in order for the jam to set. Dust with icing sugar.



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18 Responses to “Jam Heart Biscuits {DIY}”

  1. Jacki Bruniquel December 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Absolutely love the heart shaped cookies! Wish I had the time for such things … but i guess its about making the time. Welldone. Very cute!

  2. Gena D December 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    Gorgeous idea …. wonderful packaging and as always awesome pics!!!

    • Suman October 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

      dis die mees mooiste foto’s wat ek nog geiesn het!!! ek sit met trane in my oeb!!! girl, jy het fantasties gelyk, jy straal van geluk!!! mag Pappa God jul huwelik seebl met n soen vir ewig xxx

  3. Sandra Wessels December 21, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Lovely idea – just too beautiful too eat. Must be delicious too. Thanks Mari for sharing the recipe.

  4. maritsa December 21, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    The pics are soooo pretty and the food styling incredible!! I feel like taking pictures now!!

  5. Nicola December 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    I added the seeds of one vanilla pod to my dough. I also doubled the recipe and it worked fine!

  6. Stephanie December 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    These look so sweet & delicious!

  7. Anina May 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Made the cookies & they were delicious + so pretty:) thx so much!

  8. Amanda Phillips October 25, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    I love jammie dodgers! But at what temperature did you bake these? I can’t seem to find it anywhere!

    • A.D March 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

      the typical temperature for baking cookies is 315-325F, 10-15mins depending on the thickness of the cookies

  9. Bronwyn November 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Love these and want to bake them, but what temperature should your oven be? Mine is a gas oven?

  10. Randhir December 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    These look awesome!


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