Holiday Baking with Jam: We've Got Cookies, Tarts, Cakes and More!
Consider jams and jellies for your sweet treats this holiday season! They're a great way to add bright, fruity flavor during one of the year’s least impressive months for fresh produce. Plus, you get to use up any leftover jars of preserves languishing in your fridge. Feel free to experiment with different jam and jelly flavors -- don't be afraid to swap out raspberry for cherry, or apricot for marmalade, and so on. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or both, or just want to treat yourself, we've got you covered with a dozen jam-packed recipes, including cookies, doughnuts, cakes, and tarts.
Inspired by an Italian tart, torta sbrisolona, this party-ready treat pairs a crisp cookie with cranberry, apricot, blueberry, or cherry jam and a crunchy streusel border.
Our take on this traditional Hanukkah dessert, also known as sufganiyot, calls for fried dough, your favorite fruit preserves, and a simple glaze.
Jam-Filled Cake with Chocolate Cake
The holidays are the perfect time for an over-the-top dessert! Sandwich raspberry jam between layers of vanilla sponge cake, then top with a rich chocolate glaze, and for the piece de resistance, chocolate-glazed raspberry cream puffs.
Marzipan is a must at Christmastime! Team the fragrant almond paste with sweet-tart raspberry preserves and a buttery tart shell for a showstopping dessert.
Apricot and Ganache Tartlets
Get those pipers piping! Mini chocolate tarts are filled with chocolate ganache and apricot jam for a decadent bite-sized dessert.
These Italian almond cookies become even more festive when you add a layer of jam and drizzle with glaze.
We've combined two holiday classics for this mash-up dessert: Austrian linzertorte and German gingerbread. The chewy, spiced crust goes really nicely with raspberry jam, and the snowflake cutouts make the dessert super easy on the eyes.
Elephant ears with a twist! We've used a sour cream dough instead of puff pastry and amped it up with raspberry jam.
Buttered Toast and Jam Pudding
Everyday white bread and strawberry jam are transformed into a special-occasion dessert when layered and baked with a vanilla custard.
Cream-Cheese Jam Ice Diamonds
Forget diamonds, cookies are a girl's best friend! You can whip up these strawberry jam-filled beauties up to three days in advance.
Hazelnut-Raspberry Jelly Roll
Raspberry preserves and hazelnut liqueur-spiked whipped cream take this sponge cake to the next level.
Easy Jam Macaroons
Hanukkah-friendly and gluten-free! We like making these macaroon-thumbprint hybrids with apricot jam, but you can use any flavor you please.