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by Adina 15/02/2016 34 comments

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Swirl cookies filled with orange jam, these aromatic cookies are sure to please anyone. Easy to change the flavor by using another sort of jam.




Orange and Jam Swirl Cookies

So about these orange swirl cookies: they are so delicious! I baked them last Friday in the afternoon and they were all gone by Saturday. I think my son must have eaten at least half of them, I couldn’t stop him anymore.

This is an updated post from 2016, the source of the swirl cookies is here.

Swirl cookies are something that most people avoid making, the swirling factor makes them seem more difficult to make than they actually are.

But, really, making swirl cookies is just as easy as making regular cookies that you have to cut out. Actually easier. There are no dough scraps that you have to roll and cut over and over again until the dough is gone.

Just roll a rectangle (in this case two), spread some jam on it, roll it and cut it into slices. That’s it!


Orange and Jam Swirl Cookies



Unsalted butter

Granulated sugar


All-purpose flour

Baking powder


  • Preferably organic, unwaxed oranges as you will use the zest as well.


  • I used two different sorts of jam: rhubarb strawberry and orange jam. The children preferred the very sweet rhubarb strawberry jam, the grown-ups the bittersweet orange jam.
  • You can use any kind of jam you like. By changing the jam you use, you are also changing the flavor of the cookies and that makes them even more interesting.


Orange and Jam Swirl Cookies



  • Always use a scale when measuring the ingredients, a kitchen scale is cheap, it makes life easier and baking more accurate and clean.
  • Let the dough rest long enough in the refrigerator, about 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
  • Roll the dough on a well floured working surface.
  • After filling the dough and rolling it into sausages, place the rolls in the freezer for about an hour an a half or until firm enough for you to be able to slice them properly. Just check, the dough should feel firm, but not be completely frozen.
  • If completely frozen (you could make all this in advance and freeze the rolls), let stand at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before cutting. It depends on how warm the kitchen is, feel the dough to decide when it is the right time to cut it.
  • Form the rolls again before unwrapping them, in case they flattened on the bottom side while in the freezer.
  • Slice the dough rolls into slices, you will be able to cut more or less 15 swirl cookies from each roll, so a total of 30 cookies.
  • Leave the baked cookies rest on the baking trays for about 10 minutes before transferring them to wire racks.
  • Don’t try to move them immediately after baking, they are still tender and might break. They will firm up as they cool.




swirl cookies with orange jam



Muesli Peanut Butter Cookies – chewy cookies with cranberries, also very tempting to have for breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee.

German Marzipan Cookies – another sort of swirl cookies, this time made with marzipan and walnuts.

Classic Thumbprint Cookies – so easy to make and always so good, these cookies are famous all around the world.

Carrot Cookies – spicy cookies made with carrots and walnuts.

Snickerdoodles without Cream of Tartar – soft and comforting cookies perfect with a glass of milk.


swirl cookies on a plate

Swirl Cookies

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Swirl cookies filled with orange jam, these aromatic cookies are sure to please anyone. Easy to change the flavor by using another sort of jam.


  • 200 g/ 7 oz/ ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 organic oranges, zest of both and juice of one (55 ml/ 1.8 fl.oz/ ¼ cup)
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz/ 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons jam of choice (See note)


  1. Beat together the soft butter and the sugar until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg, orange zest and the juice of 1 orange. Mix well.
  3. Mix together the flour and the baking powder and fold them into the butter mixture. Knead quickly to form a dough, form a ball, wrap it in cling film/ plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
  4. Flour the working surface and the rolling pin and roll half of the dough into a rectangle, about 1/2 cm/ 0.2 inches thick. Spread 3 tablespoons of the jam evenly on the dough and roll into a sausage. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
  5. Wrap the rolls in plastic foil and place in the freezer until about half frozen, about an hour and a half or until they reach a good cutting consistency.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  7. Take the rolls out the freezer and press them back into a nice form in case they have flattened a bit at the bottom side.
  8. Unwrap and cut into slices using a sharp knife. You will have about 30 cookies. Place on the prepared baking trays.
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven but leave on the tray for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Let cool completely.


I used rhubarb strawberry jam and orange jam.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


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Amy (Savory Moments) 15/02/2016 - 14:22

These cookies look delicious (and quite pretty).

Adina 15/02/2016 - 15:26

Thank you, Amy.

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 15/02/2016 - 14:55

How great is it that you found a recipe in the SRC that actually worked for your current theme!? AND it happened to be a cookie! Yay! Love these swirl cookies! Since they have jam in them they are perfectly acceptable for breakfast.. right?! 😉 Cheers, my dear!

Adina 15/02/2016 - 15:25

I was happy to have a choice! Cookies are always good, aren’t they? For breakfast or lunch or snack or whatever! 🙂

Our Eating Habits 15/02/2016 - 15:41

Your orange cookies look amazing. How neat you chose to stay with your theme, I am glad to here you were able to do it! My family loved the roast beef I made from your site this month, in fact they loved it so much hubby is still talking about it 🙂

Adina 15/02/2016 - 19:12

Thank you and I am so glad to hear you liked my recipe.

Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair 15/02/2016 - 15:57

They are such pretty cookies and I bet they taste amazing! I know my kiddos would gobble them up quickly as well. Great SRC choice!

Adina 15/02/2016 - 19:13

Thank you, Heather. When they really like something, it really gets difficult to stop them.

Evi @ greenevi 15/02/2016 - 17:00

These look so cute and delicious!
I would love to have some of these with a cup of warm tea right now 🙂

Adina 15/02/2016 - 19:14

Thank you, Evi. I love them with black tea as well.

Anne 15/02/2016 - 17:37

These look yummy! This is my second month in the secret recipe club too.

Adina 15/02/2016 - 19:15

Great Anne, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂

Summer 15/02/2016 - 17:51

These cookies are making me hungry ♥


Adina 15/02/2016 - 19:16

Me too. Again! 🙂

lynn @ the actor's diet 15/02/2016 - 21:25

I need a new jar of jam! These look most excellent!

Adina 17/02/2016 - 10:16

Thank you, Lynn.

Monica 15/02/2016 - 21:25

These look wonderful…I love the beautiful bright swirl. These would be perfect for afternoon tea. : )
I’ve also watched a couple seasons of The Great British Bake Off; the contestants and their bakes are so impressive and inspiring. I hear a US version is coming…I hope it’ll be good.

Adina 17/02/2016 - 10:18

I am watching the second season now, I love it. The German version is not as good though, I hope you have more luck with the US version.

Thao @ In Good Flavor 16/02/2016 - 03:08

It’s hard to decide which one I would like more…rhubarb strawberry or blood orange! They booth look wonderful, Adina!

Adina 16/02/2016 - 08:12

Thanks, Thao. 🙂

Balvinder 16/02/2016 - 16:17

Great super useful tip of leaving the dough in fridge to harden and thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe. Looks so soft and flavorful!

Adina 17/02/2016 - 10:27

Thank you and I am glad you found something of you.

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 16/02/2016 - 17:57

Perfect looking swirl cookies, Adina! I’ve been wanting to bake something sweet using oranges for a long time, I have to give these a try. They sound and look super duper yummy.

Adina 17/02/2016 - 11:19

Thank you, Anu. I hope you try them! 🙂

Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook 17/02/2016 - 04:48

These cookies are beautiful.

Adina 17/02/2016 - 11:18

Thank you, Lauren.

sarah k @ the pajama chef 17/02/2016 - 16:03

these cookies are so gorgeous! love the orange flavor too 🙂

Adina 18/02/2016 - 08:09

Thank you, Sarah. 🙂

Helen at Casa Costello 17/02/2016 - 16:52

Hiya, so pleased you enjoyed the cookies – thank you so much for your kind words about my blog. I feel quite envious that you have all the rest of the Great British Bake Offs still to enjoy! Looking forward to getting to know you better through the SRC x

Adina 18/02/2016 - 08:10

Thank you, Helen, I was glad to have been assigned your blog, I found so many recipes I want to make.

Brie 17/02/2016 - 20:28

These cookie are just gorgeous Adina! Especially with the colorful and I’m sure very flavorful jams.

We fell hard for the Great British Bake Off over the summer. Watched both seasons with the hubby and now whenever I bake something he takes a bite, looks at it and says “this has a good bake” like he’s Paul Hollywood 🙂

Adina 18/02/2016 - 08:11

My husband watches the show with me as well sometimes, although he has no interest in baking or cooking, but he still finds it good.

Jean 16/03/2016 - 03:24

Now I want to have a tea party.

Adina 16/03/2016 - 07:34

I hope you do, Kate. 🙂


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