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Swirl Cookies

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.
Course Cookies
Cuisine English
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 104kcal
Author Adina


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


  • Beat the soft butter and the sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg, orange zest, and the juice of 1 orange. Mix well.
  • Dough: Mix the flour and the baking powder and fold them into the butter mixture. Knead quickly to form the dough, form a ball, wrap it in cling film/ plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for about 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
  • Roll and fill: 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.
  • Refrigerate: 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.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  • Cut swirls: Take the rolls out of the freezer and press them back into a nice form if they have flattened a bit at the bottom side. Unwrap and cut into slices using a sharp knife. You will have about 30 cookies. Place on the prepared baking trays.
  • 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.


  1. Always use a digital kitchen scale in baking; it ensures the best results (Amazon affiliate link).
  2. I used rhubarb-strawberry jam and orange jam.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 20mg | Sugar: 5g