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Jim Jams - A Family Feast

Jim Jams

Jim Jams are perfectly soft and chewy crinkled spiced molasses cookies with raspberry jam in the center. They are outrageously good!

Yield: 13 sandwich cookies 1x
Prep: 15 minutesCook: 30 minutesTotal: 45 minutes


3/4 cup shortening (12 tablespoons)

1 egg

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup molasses

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon table salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

8 ounces Jam or Jelly – you’ll use approximately 13 tablespoons of jam. Raspberry jam is traditional. Our homemade Christmas Jam would be another great option or this Bonne Mamam Mixed Berry Preserves.


  1. Combine shortening, sugar, egg, and molasses in a mixing bowl. Beat until well mixed.
  2. Whisk together sifted flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in a separate bowl.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the shortening mixture, mixing just until combined. Scrape the bowl and mix again as needed.
  4. Chill the cookie dough while the oven preheats.
  5. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Place the oven rack in the center of the oven.
  6. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. With a scoop, portion out the cookie dough into 26 equal balls. Roll with your hands to make smooth balls.
  8. Place 8 balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet. (They will spread as they bake). Flatten the balls with the bottom of a wide glass to about 2 inches in diameter and just shy of half an inch thick.
  9. Bake each batch for 10 to 12 minutes, being careful not to over-bake. The cookies should be just slightly golden.
  10. Cool the cookies for 5 minutes (as they cool, the tops will crinkle a bit), then carefully transfer to a cooling rack.
  11. Once the cookies are fully cool, spoon one tablespoon of jam in the center of the bottom side of one cookie. Take another cookie and gently press the bottom of that against the jelly to make a sandwich cookie. The jelly should spread just to the edges of the cookie.
  12. Place the sandwich cookies in an air-tight container for 24 hours before eating.

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© Author: A Family Feast
Cuisine: American Method: baking