These strawberry sugar cookies are the perfect summer treat! Soft and buttery sugar cookie dough is swirled with strawberry jam and baked to perfection. Each bite has the perfect balance of melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookie with a ribbon of delicious strawberry jam.
How to make strawberry sugar cookies
I love nothing more than the classic combination of strawberries and sweet cream, or more broadly – strawberries and something sweet and vanilla.
This combination idea is what created these strawberry jam sugar cookies. Soft and buttery sugar cookies just seemed like the perfect base for a strawberry addition. But to get the MOST strawberry flavor, I opted for strawberry jam rather than fresh strawberries. Jam is like a fruity flavor bomb, so it works PERFECT in these cookies.
It took quite a bit of testing to figure out how best to incorporate the jam into these cookies. I stuffed them, I baked it on top, and I even threw in some freeze dried strawberries to the mix.
In the end, the best most delicious way to make strawberry sugar cookies was to swirl the jam right into the dough.
This recipe makes a very soft and buttery cookie dough which makes it the perfect consistency for swirling in our jam. When the dough is done, dollops of jam are plopped all throughout the bowl of dough.
Then, using a rubber spatula, the jam is gently folded into the dough to create ribbons of strawberry throughout. The key here is to only fold about 3-4 times, just enough to disperse the jam without fully mixing it in.
Once scooped, you’re left with cookie dough balls with thick ripples of jam all throughout!
Tips for making strawberry jam sugar cookies
- Flour – I always say to measure the flour if you can. If a scale isn’t available, gently spoon the flour into a measuring cup and level it off for a light and fluffy cup of flour. Never scoop directly down into the flour as this packs it down into the cup, leaving you with way too much excess flour in the dough.
- Mixing – When mixing the sugar cookie dough, mix gently once the dry ingredients are added. Too much mixing can lead to a tough cookie.
- Strawberry Jam – Although these are called strawberry JAM sugar cookies, we are actually using strawberry preserves. This is typically made with fresh whole berries and very minimal ingredients, so it provides the best flavor and texture for these cookies. As an added tip – chill the preserves overnight for easy mixing.
- Swirling – When working the jam into the cookies, use a rubber spatula and gently fold 3-4 times max. Fold just enough to disperse the jam throughout the dough, but not too much to where it fully blends in.
- Scooping – These cookies are made with a large 2 oz cookie scoop (aka in ice cream scoop). So when scooping out the dough, pay attention to where the jam is at. Scoop to where most of the jam as at the bottom of the scoop so that when the dough is turned out, a swirl of jam is revealed on top. Also scoop in one swift motion as to not disrupt the swirls in the dough.
- Chilling – This is a very soft and buttery dough, so it must chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. It will feel wrong, but chill the cookies uncovered. This helps dry out the cookies just a bit so that they can spread nice and even once baked.
Strawberry Sugar Cookies FAQs
Use strawberry preserves with chunks of fresh strawberries. This provides the best flavor and spread.
I suggest sticking with a large 2 oz scoop as those strawberry ribbons need as much surface area as they can get.
Sure! Use your preferred flavor, just make sure it’s a preserve.
Yes, in fact the longer the better. Chill for one night uncovered, but then cover the dough to chill for even longer. The dough will keep for about a week in the fridge.
I haven’t tried it, but I think it could work. After the dough has chilled overnight, place the balls into a freezer storage bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw before baking.
If you’re scooping out the dough but it’s too thin to hold its shape, it could be that the butter was too hot from the start. Allow the dough to chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes and then try scooping again.
For more strawberry dessert recipes, check out my:
- Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars
- Strawberry Pizza
- Strawberry Sheet Cake
- Strawberry Pop Tart Shortbread
- Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies
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