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Jelly Bars

Classic Italian sandwich cookies
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time16 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian bakery cookies, Italian butter cookies, jelly bars
Servings: 18
Calories: 324kcal


  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar icing sugar in UK
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbs heavy cream


  • 1 cup red jam
  • 1 cup chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
  • Using a heavy-duty stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla, mixing well.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add gradually to the butter mixture, mixing well.
  • Add the heavy cream and mix just until incorporated. Add the dough to pastry bag. I used s very large star tip, but a plain round one about 1/2-inch/1.25-cm will do just as well.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment and pipe dough about 3-inches/7.5-cm long and about 2-inches/5-cm apart.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to get golden around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the sheet until firm enough to move to cooling racks.
  • To fill and decorate: Melt chocolate morsels in the microwave for 45 seconds; stir until smooth. They may need 10-15 seconds more if they're not completely melted.
  • Spread about 1 tablespoon of jam on flat bottom of one cookie. Top with the flat side of a plain cookie.
  • Dip the tip of each sandwich cookie in the melted chocolate then dip the chocolate part in the sprinkles.
  • Amount of cookies will vary with how big you want to make them. I got around 1 1/2 dozen sandwiches.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg