Merry Berry Cookies

"This recipe is from the story Candy for Christmas by Joanne Fluke. I haven't made them yet but am posting the recipe here for safekeeping. Time doesn't include chilling."
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins
8-10 Dozen


  • 1 12 cups melted butter (3 sticks, 3/4 lb)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 12 1/2 cup strawberry jam (any jam) or 1/2 cup blackberry jam (any jam)
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 12 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flour (pack it down in the cup don't sift it)
  • 13 cup granulated sugar, for later
  • 13 cup jam, for later


  • Melt the butter in a large microwave safe bowl.
  • Add the sugar and mix thoroughly. Let the bowl sit on the counter while you do the next step.
  • Melt the jam in the microwave or in a saucepan over low heat. Once it’s the consistency of syrup, mix it in with the butter and sugar.
  • Add the eggs, baking soda, and salt, stirring after each addition.
  • Add the flour and mix thoroughly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (Overnight is even better.).
  • When your ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, rack in the middle position.
  • Roll the chilled dough into small walnut-sized balls with your hands.
  • Put 1/3 cup sugar in a small bowl and roll the balls in it.
  • Place them on a greased standard-sized cookie sheet, 12 cookies per sheet.
  • Flatten the dough balls with a greased spatula.
  • Make a small indentation with your thumb or index finger in the center of each cookie. Fill the indentation with about 1/8 teaspoon of jam.
  • Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Let them cool for minutes on the cookie sheet, and then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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