Gluten free jam drops

Recently, Kid 1 has assured both myself and The Yak that we are not cool. I was the first to transgress after daring to use the word ‘swag’, a young persons vernacular for ‘cool’ or ‘awesome’. The second infringement came from The Yak when he attempted a ‘dab’ (a particular two arm salute currently popular with the youth of today). After both incidents, the Cool Kid informed us that we were both totally cringeworthy and embarrassing.

He is wrong, I am cool. (Sorry Yak, you are being left high and dry here.) This mother can still drop some cool jam. Well, some cool jam drops. Gluten free, melt in the mouth with a tangy raspberry centre. Enjoyed by both young and old. And that’s just swag.


150g unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups gluten free plain flour, sifted
1 1/2 tbls raspberry jam

Preheat the oven to 180C and line two trays with baking paper.
Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until it is light and fluffy.
Add the flour and beat to combine.
Roll one large teaspoon of the dough into a ball, place on the tray and slightly flatten it with the palm of your hand. Repeat with the remaining dough, I got 15 biscuits.
Using your thumb, place an indentation in each biscuit then spoon in about 1/4 tsp of jam on each biscuit.
Bake for about 12-15 minutes until each biscuit is very lightly golden.
Let the biscuits cool on the tray for about 15 minutes (don’t try and move them too quickly as they are delicate and could break) then place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Eat them.

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25 thoughts on “Gluten free jam drops

  1. Any change of position from Kid 1, now that he’s tasted these little lovelies…? Sadly, room temperature butter is liquid round here, so I may have to wait to try this; the aircon is fighting a rearguard action, but the thermometer is still rising.

  2. I’m getting old, never heard “swag” as a complement, I guess it relates to having swagger, and as for the two armed salute, huh? On the other hand I totally relate to the cooking Mum and her jam drops, yummo. Way cool Cheery!

    • Nope, you aren’t old. I hadn’t either, all I could think of was ‘once a jolly swagman’, which of course I sang and just annoyed him even more! (Score for me…) Dabbing is quite the rage although I believe it is almost on the ‘way out now.’ Who could keep up? Thanks for the cool vote Mrs R, I need all the help I can get. And these are very yummy with a cuppa.

  3. I hav nt seen a jam drop biscuit in years. Looks quick and easy. Funny how each generation has its slang (you should read The Sentimental Bloke) I can’t somehow see swag replacing cool long term. πŸ™‚

    • They are a good standby and for sure, an old school classic but so good with a cup of tea. Gosh, I read that years ago but can’t remember it so will go and refresh. I think you are right though, think it’s a short term slang word.

      • Yes, my comment was going to be–perfect with a cup of tea! I just made some meringue kiss cookies with jam, and they are excellent with tea as well. Jam in baked goods is so old fashioned that it’s cool πŸ™‚

      • Yes, I am waiting for boot leg jeans to be fashionable again instead of these skin tight ones. I remember when the stovepipe leg denims first came in during the 1980’s. It all comes around again.

  4. How funny generational slang is! Swag in my household means loot, purloined goods…well, you get the picture. Most kids go through a phase thinking their parents are uncool – mine certainly did, but thankfully that is now long in the past. Jam drops look fab – especially with that luscious looking raspberry jam.

    • It’s fascinating hey? Yes, I also knew swag as ‘stolen goodies’ or an outdoors sleeping tent/ bag or Aussie vernacular for the bundle of stuff that you would carry around when you were travelling! Glad to hear that there is hope for me in the future KW and these are well tasty, that is some beautiful New Zealand raspberry jam in the middle there. Just like good English raspberry jam, mmmm…..

  5. You are the coooolest Mum on the planet Lisa. Now about these jam drops. I must make some fro the beach as I have way too much plum jam. Can I use normal plain flour and also, how long do they last in a tin?

    • Thanks for the affirmation, I am going to go with it. Plum jam would be delicious in these, I have never made them with plain flour but usually you use less in the conversion back to non-gf so 1 1/4 cups plain flour sounds right to me but I can’t promise that. They have lasted well for up to 4 days but usually, they are gone before that. They would be lovely with a cuppa down near the beach. Have a tops trip.

    • Thanks Susanne, and if all us ‘oldies’ use the word swag enough, I am sure the young folk will discard it posthaste! Ha! I love the idea of dipping them in icing sugar whilst warm, very Christmassy.

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