Granny’s Strawberry Preserves-Filled Cookies

Lightly spiced, soft cookies with a strawberry jam filling. Mmmmm! These are my favorite of the cookies mom makes every Christmas.

Original recipe makes 3 dozen cookies


1 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 tablespoons strawberry preserves, or as needed

  • PREP

    1 hr

  • COOK

    15 mins


    3 hrs 15 mins


  1. Beat shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer until creamy and smooth.
  2. Mix milk and vinegar together and let stand 5 minutes to make ‘sour milk’. Stir sour milk, eggs, and vanilla extract into shortening mixture.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Mix flour mixture into shortening mixture until incorporated. Refrigerate until fully chilled, 2 hours to overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Roll dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface; cut into 2-inch rounds using a cookie cutter. Spoon 1 teaspoon preserves into the center of half the cookies; cover with remaining cookies. Lightly press edges of cookies together using a fork. Cut criss-cross slits into the top of each cookie using a knife. Arrange cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are golden, 13 to 15 minutes.


Calories: 153 kcal
Carbohydrates: 23.2 g
Cholesterol: 12 mg
Fat: 6.2 g
Fiber: 0.3 g
Protein: 1.7 g
Sodium: 120 mg