Spitzbuben Cookies

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Spitzbuben – Need a fast and easy-to-make holiday cookie that everyone will love?  These little Spitzbubens are just the ticket.

A bunch of spitzbuben cookies on a tray

What are Spitzbuben Cookies?

Some cookies with pine needles and candy canes

Fancy in name only, spitzbuben are Swiss butter cookies could hardly be any simpler to make or tasty to enjoy. Traditionally filled with raspberry jam, you can put whatever spreadable confection you like within them.

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Speaking of making spitzbuben, do with what you have on hand. Use any appropriate size cut out for the cookie base and for the centers. I used the inside of a handheld cheese grater for the center cut-outs on these Spitzbuben.

A top view of jam sandwich cookies.

Ingredients for Spitzbuben (Swiss Jam Cookies)

Flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, and an egg. And filling. That’s about the extent of these Spitzbuben  CookiesWe’ve collected some preserves in our pantry, many from local farmer’s markets that we picked up this past summer.

Some were gifts and others were just little jars of spreadable sweetness that we picked up on our journeys.

Like our oatmeal and apple butter bars, any jam or preserves goes well with these Spitzbubens. We used some fig preserves for this batch, and may I just say that Santa will be mighty happy when he finds a plate of these on the hearth of our fireplace this year. Give them a try, I think you’re going to enjoy! -Dan

A plate of jam sandwich cookies.

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4.67 from 9 votes
Festive holiday cookie recipe from Saveur
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
Yield: 24 servings


  • 1 1 ⁄2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1 ⁄2 cups flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 ⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 ⁄4 cup raspberry jam or other preserve
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


  • Heat oven to 325°. Beat butter and sugar with a hand mixer until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg; beat. Add flour and salt; mix. Transfer dough to a floured surface, form into a disk, roll until 1⁄4″ thick. Using a 2″ fluted round cutter, cut out cookies and transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheets, spaced 2″ apart. Chill for 30 minutes. Using a 1 1⁄4″ plain round cutter, cut out centers of half the cookies; reserve centers to re-roll and make more cookies.. Bake cookies until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes; cool.
  • Dust cookie rings with confectioners’ sugar. Place 1 tsp. jam in center of each whole cookie; spread to within 1⁄3″ of edge. Top each with a cookie ring.


For a more pliable top of the cookie, it’s better that they are slightly under-baked, as opposed to being too crispy to conform to the base portion of the cookie.


Calories: 138kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 6mg, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 364IU, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Holiday
Cuisine: Swiss
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. These are so cute! The jam/butter cookie combo has to be one of my fav holiday combos. Plus any excuse to use raspberry jam in a dessert is a good one in my book. 😉

  2. I used to LOVE these cookies in the holiday boxes growing up! It’s been awhile since i’ve had one!

  3. I love the look of these cookies – I just want to reach into the screen and grab one. Perfect for the holidays

  4. These look so good and funny thing is I love them, but have never made them. Thanks for the inspiration guys!

  5. My grandma used to make cookies like these. They look awesome! You’ve done a great job here. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    Such a pretty cookie. I can’t imagine they last long. Raspberry is a favorite and these would disappear in my house quickly.

  7. These cookies make me feel so nostalgic. My grandma would make these with home made plum jam, i can tast eChristmas just looking at the screen. 5 STARS baby !