While I always try to make the healthiest choices and snack on fruit and vegetables, there is nothing like a treat every once and a while. I really like to have cookies on hand. That way I can have a sweet treat for dessert after lunch, or as a mid afternoon pick-me-up without too much effort. Although I’ll admit, with the number of “sweet treats” I post here, it looks doubtful that I actually do snack on fruits and vegetables. I wanted to do something different than my typical chocolate chip cookies. I thought I’d do shortbread cookies (one of my favorites) with a twist. I decided to add jam to the centers of the shortbread cookies.

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Jam Squares - 2 Smart Points
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Elegant and delicious short bread cookies filled with a low sugar jam. They're perfect for your cup of morning coffee, afternoon tea or that tea party that you're hosting with your friends.
Servings: 16 cookies
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tps sugar
  • 1/2 cup light butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup low sugar jam flavor of choice
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and then set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and vanilla.
  4. Roll the dough out and cut into 16 squares.
  5. Press a little thumbprint into each cookie and fill with a dab of jam.
  6. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Entire recipe makes 16 servings
Serving size is 1 cookies
Each serving = 3 Smart Points
PER SERVING: 85 calories; 3.5g fat; .7g saturated fat; 12.5g carbohydrates; 8.2g sugar; 4g protein; 2.7g fiber


  1. Nancy Riffle Reply

    I made this recipe and it came out crumbly with no taste. Is it really only suppose to have one fourth teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of baking powder?

  2. Francine CC Reply

    What size should the dough be rolled out to before cutting?

    • Lisa Coffman Reply

      I just rolled mine out into a square (or you could use rectangle) that was about 1/2 inch thick. It was about 10 inches square.

  3. Can you please clarify what the correct Smart Points are for this recipe? The title shows 2, but in the nutrition information it shows 3 each cookie. On your last recipe, the title was correct. I’m hoping that’s the case with this one 2 ( I always like less points).

    • Lisa Coffman Reply

      That was a typo I didn’t catch. Unfortunately, it’s 3 points not 2.

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