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soft white filled cookies

Before I officially start writing this post, I need to get something off my chest.


I love visiting my parents. But……I can’t seem to tear myself away from my pet boarder’s web cam. You see, they actually have a camera set up in the “kitty condo” room so you can observe your precious pet at play. However, I’ve been (admittedly) watching said web cam now for days and all I’ve seen so far is a glimpse of Dexter’s bushy black tail. Is it normal to miss you cat so much when you travel? Your cat? Maybe don’t answer that.

Anyway! I hope you’re still baking.

The real name of these soft raspberry jam filled sugar cookies is “daddy’s filled cookies”, “daddy” being my grandpa. You guys should just hear him talk about these cookies! His whole face just lights right up. My grandma made them every single year when my mom was growing up, and every single year my grandpa would find his way to the hidden cookie tin.

After a rather intense conversation with Grandma two weeks ago, I need you to know that these cookies are not, in fact, sandwich cookies. Nor are they thumbprint cookies! Nope—to make these cookies, you actually seal the jam between the cookies so when you take a bite you have a surprisingly delicious burst of raspberry.

You can make these cookies ahead of time, but just be sure to store them between pieces of wax paper in a sealed tupperware container. That way they will stay soft! If you leave them at room temperature, they’ll get a little crunchy around the edges.

Aren’t they just pretty? To me, these epitomize Christmas cookies. Yesterday evening, I talked to Grandma briefly on the phone.

“Grandma? I’m posting those cookies Grandpa loves so much on my cooking website tomorrow morning!” I said as I sipped wine on our porch with my mom.

Grandma laughed her throaty laugh and I could practically hear her smiling two thousand miles away.

“You know, be sure to tell your internet friends that these cookies are best made with raspberry jam without the seeds. And to store them between wax paper. Your mother could never get these right so I’m glad to know there’s a true baker in the family!”

I hung up, told my mom Grandma absolutely loved the Christmas cookies she sent her and continued to sip wine on the porch. It’s the little things, people. The little things.

Soft White Filled Cookies (“Daddy’s Cookies”)

makes about 20 filled cookies

Print this recipe!


2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

1 stick butter, softened

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup sour cream

raspberry jam for filling cookies

powdered sugar for dusting


Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until just combined.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream. Mix until soft dough forms then wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-4 hours, or overnight.

Preheat oven to 425.

Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut with circular cookie dough cutters (or just use the top of a glass!). Place a scant teaspoon of jam on one cookie then place another circle of dough over top. Crimp edges tightly to seal.

Place filled cookies on a lined baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. They’re done when they’re just golden brown around the edges (watch them or else they’ll burn!).

Let cool then dust with powdered sugar.


4 1/2 hours (includes time to chill dough although I just prefer to let them chill overnight and bake the next morning!)

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  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    December 22, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Your cookies are beautiful, Jenna! They are so delicate and pretty…definitely something I’d love to try because I loved stuffed cookies AND I love raspberry jam (well jam or jelly of any kind actually).

    I hope you’re having a wonderful time with your family….and it sounds like you are!

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    December 22, 2011 at 4:35 am

    I love the story behind these cookies. It’s cute to see grandparents light up when they talk about their past 🙂 I would be sad too if I had to leave my pet, so no worries! These cookies look delicious, Jenna!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    December 22, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Hehe your grandmother is so cute! And yes, the cookies do epitomize Christmas. Love the raspberry jam surprise inside!

  • Evan
    December 22, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Aww, these guys remind me of the raspberry sandwich cookies that my mom makes – what is it about raspberry-filled, powdered sugar-dusted cookies that just epitomize Christmas?

  • Charise
    December 22, 2011 at 5:16 am

    I’m not a huge baked good fan, but I love hearing all your family stories and recipes that go along with them. Your grandparents (and your great grandma) sound awesome!

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    December 22, 2011 at 5:32 am

    These are so pretty! I can’t wait to try these 🙂

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    December 22, 2011 at 5:32 am

    My grandfather’s favorite cookie that my grandmother made were her famous oatmeal cookies. They were a must for his lunches until he retired in his late 80s!

    Why are grandparents so adorable?

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    December 22, 2011 at 5:55 am

    So pretty! Your grandparents sound adorable. Actually this story kinda reminds me of my G+G.

  • Katrina
    December 22, 2011 at 5:57 am

    These are lovely! Yum!

  • katie @KatieDid
    December 22, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I love that you get two cookies for 1, and I love even more what’s stuffed inside. Admittedly, jelly munchkins were always my favorite, something about that burst of fruitiness that practically surprised me every time…
    Hope home is relaxing for you!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    December 22, 2011 at 6:00 am

    i could sit and watch my dogs for hours everyday while we are on vacation. in fact, i may have done that yesterday. shhh!

    yummy cookies 🙂

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch}
    December 22, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Oh YUM! Seriously I need these in my life!

  • Lisa @ Life in Green
    December 22, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Those are so pretty….and such a great family history behind them. I’ve been recently baking stuff that my grandma’s used to make me. So fun.

  • Shut Up and Run
    December 22, 2011 at 6:23 am

    I love the history behind recipes. It makes them all the more special – and taste better too! (Although I don’t think these cookies need any help tasting better – YUM).Thanks for sharing.

  • Lynn
    December 22, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Um, I literally tell my husband EVERY time we travel that we should bring the cats along. So far it hasn’t happened, but I think they would make any trip infinitely better!

  • Leslie Means @ Her View From Home
    December 22, 2011 at 7:06 am

    LOL about your cat. I love that…we have our black cat buddy and (as much as my husband won’t admit) we miss him when we travel too! Love the recipe!!

  • Living The Sweet Life
    December 22, 2011 at 7:07 am

    A little while ago I made some dough to make Linzer cookies – – Im taking half of it and totally making these cookies instead!! They are so pretty – – so elegant 🙂 ~ amazing recipe!! Happy Holidays xox

  • Liz
    December 22, 2011 at 7:22 am

    That web cam is the best idea ever!!! I wish my pet boarder would have that.

    Yes, I think it is normal to miss your cat that much… on the occasions when we go away for only a couple days and feel safe leaving our cats at home (with auto-feeders) I call them at least once each day and leave messages! (We actually have an answering machine (well, as part of the phone) rather than voicemail service, so the cats can hear the message I leave.)

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    December 22, 2011 at 7:48 am

    So sweet. The cookies and the story. 🙂

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    December 22, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Aw, the story makes these cookies even more enticing to make.. very sweet. Although I hope your mom doesn’t read the blog, because she’s going to hear what your grandma said haha. 😉 Sounds like something my grandma would say too!

  • Curly J
    December 22, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Mm these look super tasty! And I love the story behind them! I baked a few of my hubby’s grandma’s recipes this year, one of them being those cookies sandwiches with the jam in the middle (unsealed). I felt the pressure of “getting them right” but they turned out perfect! 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    December 22, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Omg, these are like cookie raviolis! I’m in love.

  • Katy
    December 22, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Did your grandma really make them every single day? and your grandpa found them every single year? Sorry, I was confused by that sentence.

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
    December 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Oh, yum. These almost remind me a little bit of linzer tarts! I think my mom would love them. 🙂 Thanks for your grandma’s tips!!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    December 22, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Oh wow.. I’d so be a crazy cat lady for my kitty. Crazy cat ladies unite!

  • Allyssa
    December 22, 2011 at 8:29 am

    These cookies look amazing! And your grandma sounds adorable! Reminds me of my grandma 🙂

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    December 22, 2011 at 8:42 am

    These look wonderful! I love when cookies have surprises hidden inside.

    PS – I would be checking the cat’s website, too, if I were you!!

  • Ahn Ei
    December 22, 2011 at 8:49 am

    The cookies look beautiful! Thanks again for sharing the family history behind your food.

  • Jess
    December 22, 2011 at 9:06 am

    My husband worries about our cats when we travel too…so it’s not just you 🙂

  • Cindy
    December 22, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Will definitely try these! What do you think about substituting greek yogurt for the sour cream?

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    December 22, 2011 at 9:18 am

    These are so pretty…such an elegant cookie. To be eaten aside a cup of tea!

  • Ingrid
    December 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I actually cried when we dropped our cats off at the “cat lodge” this summer, so I totally know where you’re coming from. When we picked them up after the trip, though, they didn’t want to leave! The lodge owner said that most cats hide for the first couple (or few) days, so we didn’t bother getting the webcam until we knew they’d be adjusted… Just thought I’d share!

  • Beverly @ Teds Woodworking
    December 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Wow, impressive, can i bite some?….seems like yummy…

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    December 22, 2011 at 10:03 am

    your grandparents must be so proud of you. they sound so cute!
    These cookies look delicious!!

  • Kellyo
    December 22, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Missing your cat that much is normal I think! Have a wonderful Christmas!!

  • Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    December 22, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Love the conversation with your Grandma, these cookies look like the perfect Christmas cookie! Enjoy your time at home with family, and Happy Holidays!

  • Deanna B.
    December 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I love cookies with (tasty) hidden centers. The centers make me feel super stealthy. If only I could make them without humming the Mission Impossible theme song. Then I would be set.

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    December 22, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Off-the-hook cookies! And yes, I’d be glued to the web cam, too. I love my kitty! This is what happens to people who don’t have kids yet, I think.

  • Kimberly
    December 22, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Those cookies look awesome! I’d totally be glued to the web cam. I’m leaving my dog with my boyfriend when I go home for the holidays and I’m having serious pre-separation anxiety! I’m going to miss his fuzzy face.

  • karen
    December 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Jenna. I have to tell you, I made the chicken pot pie the other night, hubby went back for seconds, something he rarely does, and claimed that was the best meal he’s had, in 31 years, really???? Looking forward to making the recipes that you provide, I want to be remembered for my wonderful cooking/baking, up to now, not so much, lol.. Also have to share, my son boards his two pups, he is glued to the web cam constantly, just means you’re great pet owners, something there should be more of. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes this past year, looking forward to seeing what you cook up for 2012. Christmas Blessings.

  • Michelle
    December 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    These look lovely! My dad would love them. Next year, maybe. I’ve had my fill of holiday baking for this year!

  • Sarah (I Dream of Beets)
    December 22, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    The name of this cookie makes me giggle!

  • laura
    December 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I was going to make shortbread but the jam inside these sound more exciting, I might make these.

  • poptartyogini
    December 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    i love the name of these cookies. i baked with my mom and sister yesterday and baked aunt gladys’ crescents and aunt theda’s ice box cookies (great names in our family, huh?) my favorite in the family arsenal of baked goods is a cake of my grandma’s called ‘the next best thing to robert redford’. good taste, gram, good taste.

  • Jean
    December 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I miss Frick & Frack when I’m on vacation – but I used a new pet sitter when I went on vacation in October, and she totally spoiled them! I think they were still glad to see me, though. 🙂

    My grandpa likes Lydia cookies – a soft brown sugar drop cookie, with raisins. Actually, he likes anything sweet but this is his favorite.

    Enjoy your family time!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    December 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    awww beautiful. These look so comforting, like a warm hug. You’re grandma seems just so very very awesome 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Kelly
    December 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    These do look beautiful!

  • sophie
    December 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    just discovered your blog and I love it!!

  • Ella, RD
    December 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    If it makes you feel any better… I am about to have a baby in a month, and sometimes I think to myself “I love my [also black] cat sooooo much, how will this baby compare?” Intellectually I know there will be no comparison, but I can’t help but love my kitty!!!

  • Moni'sMeals
    December 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Love this pic Jenna. What a one-of-a-kind cookie too. Silly name huh! With a center like that, what is not to love.

  • Lauren @ the talking kitchen
    December 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    totally normal to miss your cats. kitty cam? that’s a great idea, I want!

  • Anna
    December 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Now that winter has officially started, I am wearing my favorite apron and spending a lot, i mean A LOT of time in the kitchen, baking and cooking. I am thrilled to start working on these soft, filled-cookies…
    My cup of tea is already brewing too…
    Thanks for sharing!

  • caryn
    December 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    i feel like i’m getting away with something every time you share your family’s wonderful recipes. thanks so much for posting them! they all look delicious, and the stories you tell with them make them soooo much better. 🙂 i have a feeling your book is gonna be awesome… 🙂

  • Krissy @ Krissy's Creaions
    December 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Beautiful Cookies! I could use one right now 🙂 or two or three!

  • Lee
    December 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I am the exact same way when I board my dog. We go to a cage-free place with webcams and my husband and I are constantly on their website trying to get a glimpse of him.

  • Lisa A. A.
    December 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Oh, those webcams! We left our two shih tzus for 10 days last month and I was afraid to tell my kids about the webcam since I knew they’d check it all the time. They did. The surprising part was I checked it more than anyone! Totally normal:)

  • Hannah
    May 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Thank you! These look amazing!

  • R. Dunbar
    October 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you for your cookie recipe! I made them today and my husband said they were the best cookies ever! That’s no small exclamation from a man that has eaten as many cookies as he has. Thank you so much!

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  • Skye
    December 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I found this recipe while searching for one that matched or was similar to one I remember my grandmother making when I was a kid. I have her recipe, but it has absolutely no instructions – just a list of ingredients! Regarding flour, she wrote “enough to roll” – hah! Aside from that, it is nearly identical to yours. She filled hers with dates. Thank you for this – I will be using it as I navigate through my Gram’s recipe.

  • Pat
    March 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

    These are lovely cookies and I would like to make them for a tea. But I would like to make them with less white flour. What do you suggest? A combination of white and whole wheat pastry flour? or a gluten free four mix?

    What is your favorite jam to use inside?
    Thanks for any suggestions.

  • Sandy
    December 18, 2014 at 6:20 am

    I have made several dozen cookies all different kinds for the holidays, this is my last one to do and I have choosen my apple filling for the center/ cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top of each. I can’t wait.

  • paula j zindler
    December 17, 2020 at 8:14 am

    I chilled the dough overnight.
    this is a very soft dough.
    i had to heavily flour my surface.
    the cookies are pale on top, lovely brown on bottom.
    I even made some raspberry jam roll ups.
    i have l/o dough that’s gonna become a cobbler topping as well.
    very versatile, super soft and not too sweet.