Jelly Tops

Some recipes are untraceable, in other words I don’t know where I found this one. The kids used to help make them when they were in grade school so I’ve had it a long time. I’m sure it’s a common cookie recipe. They are nice for holidays or anytime of the year.


• ½ cup butter
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
• 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
• Jelly
• Powdered sugar


Beat butter and sugar together in large bowl until well blended. Add vanilla and flour. Blend well. Shape into 1 inch balls, place half an inch apart on a cookie sheet and press your thumb in center of each. Fill indentation with a half a teaspoon of jelly. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. This recipe makes 3 dozen cookies.


You can drizzle a thin powdered sugar icing in a zigzag pattern over the tops using a squeeze bottle or cake decorating writing tool. That is prettier than the powdered sugar.

A bit of candied cherry, half a walnut, a chocolate chip or almost anything in the indentation instead of jelly is nice.


About dwittopinions

A great grandmother living in the middle of the United States. My interests include art, needlework, reading, history, politics, and cooking.
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