Homemade Jammy Dodgers

By | February 18, 2017

For years, The Boy has claimed not to like jam. I do not know where he got this from. Then, for some reason, a few weeks ago he had a jammy dodger at school. We now have to buy them every week, and when I asked what he’d like to bake during half term, he said Jammy dodgers. So, we had a go.

I’m going to be honest, this was my third attempt with the dough. The first batch was just so sticky, they fell apart when you tried to take the middle bit out. Then I overcompensated with the flour, and they were too crumbly. This lot finally worked well.

We’ve done a heart with a star cut out. Basically, because my circle cutter was too small to have a middle, and my heart was too big to be a middle. Although now I’ve tasted them, I am very tempted by a giant biscuit, using this heart to cut out the centre! Imagine!!

You will need:

  • 300g Plain flour
  • 200g Butter
  • 100g Icing sugar
  • 1 Cap Vanilla essence
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • Jam

jammy dodger ingredients

Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl. I’m totally incapable of doing this without making a huge mess, it just won’t go in the bowl, no matter what height I do it from or how small my movements are!

Then, add the icing sugar and butter. Rub together with your fingers. This is very messy, so if you’d prefer, use a food processor, or, get the kids to do it for you.

biscuit dough

Add the vanilla essence, just a small splash, and the egg yolk. This is another thing that I struggle with. How are you meant to separate them? I do this weird transferring it from one side of the open shell to the other, in the vague and desperate hope that somehow the white will fall into the bowl underneath, and the yolk will remain. It doesn’t work overly well!

biscuit dough ball

Mix together using a wooden spoon. It will quite quickly become a smooth dough. Wrap this dough in cling film, or place in a sandwich bag, and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.

After this time, preheat the oven to 180 degrees, and grease a baking tray with butter.

Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to around 3mm. Cut out your shapes with cookie cutters. For every whole shape you do, do one with a shape cut out of the centre.

Bake for 10 minutes, until golden brown. Once baked, remove from the baking tray to cool.

unfilled jammy dodgers

When they are cool, spread the whole shape lightly with jam, and place the holey shape on top.

jammy dodger filling

They don’t taste like store brought jammy dodgers, but they are yummy. If you fancied something different, use a different flavour jam. I’m really looking forward to doing them with lemon curd.

Homemade Jammy Dodgers

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

makes 15 biscuits

Homemade Jammy Dodgers


  • • 300g Plain flour
  • • 200g Butter
  • • 100g Icing sugar
  • • 1 Cap Vanilla essence
  • • 1 Egg Yolk
  • • Jam


  1. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl
  2. Add the icing sugar and butter, and rub together
  3. Add vanilla essence and egg yolk, stir together until it forms a smooth dough
  4. Wrap dough in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes
  5. After this time, preheat the oven to 180 degrees and lightly grease a baking tray
  6. Roll dough out to 3mm on a lightly floured surface
  7. Cut shapes using cookie cutters, adding a hole to half of them
  8. Bake for 10 minutes
  9. Leave to cool
  10. Spread the full biscuits with jam, and place the holed side on top
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  • These look amazing, I need them in my life! So glad it’s half term, I’ve got time to make some!


    • I think I might make some more this afternoon. I literally ate 1 from this batch!

  • This post has made me CRAVE jammy dodgers!! They look gorgeous. I wish I was a bit more domesticated! #FamilyFunLinky

    • They are yummy. And pretty simple. They just don’t last long enough. Although, nothing does in our house!

  • Ooh these look delicious x #familyfun

  • They look so neat.

    The ones i’ve made ended up with too much jam in the middle so when the top got put on it all squished out and looked messy.

    • I think if anything I was too careful, and could have put more in

  • These look yummy. I really wish I could bake. I struggle enough making salt dough haha

  • My eldest claims she doesn’t like jam either. I’m sure she does! I bet she would eat these. They look really good.

    • Where on earth do they get these crazy ideas?!

  • These look yummy! Lemon curd ones would be delicious.


    • You’ve just reminded me I need to buy some lemon curd!!

  • Oh these are impressive. My two would love them but I must admit I’m not the best biscuit baker out there. Cakes ok but I don’t seem to be able to get biscuits right yet – however seeing as it took you a few attempts perhaps I should just persevere. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun xx

    • I’m the opposite. Biscuits are fine, but I can’t do a cake!

  • yum! they look really cute with the star in the middle although a giant jammy dodger would be amazing!! #foodiefriday

    • We may be making giant ones today!

  • I love jammy dodgers!! I think I’d want to have more jammy dodger like jam though! ❤ ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  • These look absolutely gorgeous – so professional!! #familyfunlinky

  • Wow they look much easier than I thought they’d be – might have to try them!
    Thanks for linking to #foodiefriday

    • They were really easy. And yummy!

  • Ooooooooooo I have some preschool mummies coming over for a coffee morning next week I’m going to give these a go, if they don’t impress them nothing will!!!

    Thanks for joining #TribalChat

    • They definitely will!!