New This Month

The cream-cheese dough and the variety of jellies make these cookies very appealing and delicious.

Source: Everyday Food, December 2009
Total Time Prep Yield




If you like, brush top of filled star cookies with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar before baking.

Cook's Notes

Jams, jellies, and preserves that include pectin work best as a cookie filling. When using rounds of dough, firmly pinch edge to form 4 corners. If using star-shaped dough, fold points over to center and press lightly to seal.

Similar Recipes


How would you rate this recipe?
  • huntersrcool
    24 NOV, 2017
    I find that most of Martha's recipes are not previously tested for taste. These were no exception, they were a dry tasting flavorless cookie except for the jam used. I gave them to the squirrels and didn't eat them either, thumbs down!
  • BuffaloNYPaul
    5 DEC, 2014
    This is a good recipe. But looking at it i knew it needed to be tweaked. First, I don't why all these Martha Stewart recipes use "unsalted" butter. I don't. The salt used by most manufacturers is only 1/4 tsp per stick. Now, the sugar needed to be increased to a full cup. Then there was no vanilla listed. Which surprised me. No wonder folks claim there bland. I added 2 tsps pure vanilla extract. And increased the salt to 1 tsps. Then they were excellent cookies. Now this recipe is a keeper!
  • natasha_rdr
    19 JAN, 2012
    I LOVED these cookies. Just came back to print a recipe and make them again. Super delicious, I definitely will use the recipe to make them again and again! Thank you, Martha! This recipe goes to my Recipe Book :)
  • Vera_Lynn
    11 OCT, 2011
    These cookies were terrible! Glad to know I wasn't the only one that had trouble with this recipe.
  • Vanfullofkids
    24 DEC, 2010
    This recipe now has a big black "X" over it. We will never make these again. It was a ton of work, most of the cookies opened up (didn't read the tooth pick comment until just now) and honestly they really don't tast that good. Too much work, no fun to make and not very good.
  • acgardea
    22 DEC, 2010
    Yeah, these were an epic fail for me. I have maybe 6 or 7 that didn't completely come undone. Too bad because they taste good, they just look a mess. :(
  • mazarate
    22 DEC, 2010
    If you want them to keep their shape you have to refrigerate them for 20 minutes after shaping and before baking them. I thought they were a LOT of work for a cookie that really didn't taste that good! I won't make them again. What a waste of butter...
  • somanycats
    24 NOV, 2010
    HOW TO FIX THE RECIPE: 1) To keep cookies from UNROLLING: Use egg wash on exposed dough AFTER you shape cookies. Also, for star-shapes, use a toothpick dipped in flour, push it through the overlapped dough 3-4x, this will help keep those pieces together (do not cook with the toothpick left in!). 2) You can add PECTIN to any jam, your own mashed up fruit, etc. Certo (brand) makes a ready-to-use gel. Usually found in the baking scetion of stores. 3) Pre-heat oven at step 4, not step 3.
  • SunflowerRae
    17 NOV, 2010
    These were a dismal failure for me. The stars unfolded and the squares puffed up a lot and didn't really look nice. A real shame and I think the recipe needs tweaking somewhere to make the cookies look like the ones in the picture.
  • tanias
    18 FEB, 2010
    All of mine unfolded too - no matter how hard I pinched. I used a circle and tried to make the squares shown in the picture. They came out tasty but ugly. A big disappointment. Did anyone have success?

I'm in the mood for:

  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • dessert
  • an appetizer
  • a cocktail
{{secDropdownPreword}} {{secDropdownTitle}}
  • that's eggy
  • that's fruity
  • that's hearty
  • that's healthy
  • that's simple
  • that's a smoothie
  • that's a casserole
  • that's off the beaten path
  • that's light
  • that's packable
  • that's speedy
  • that's warming
  • that's kid-friendly
  • that's comforting
  • that's quick
  • that's healthy
  • that's a sunday dinner classic
  • that's vegetarian
  • that's seasonal
  • that's chocolaty
  • that's an american classic
  • that's easy
  • that's fruity
  • that's salty and sweet
  • that's over the top
  • that's crowd pleasing
  • that's simple
  • that's for a cocktail party
  • that's a dip or spread
  • that's healthy
  • that's cheesy
  • that's shaken not stirred
  • that's bubbily
  • that's good for a crowd
  • that's ideal for brunch
  • that's seasonal
  • that's simple
  • that's artisanal
See Recipes