Raspberry Ribbons

Raspberry ribbons, soft, shortbread like jam filled butter cookies perfect for the holiday season

Raspberry ribbons are elegant, buttery shortbread like cookies filled with jam and drizzed with sugar glaze. They also go by the name raspberry ribbon slices and are popular in Finland and Scandinavian countries like Denmark. In Finland, they are popular as Finnish holiday cookies and elsewhere as raspberry cookies. These baked beauties are a close cousin to the traditional thumbprint jam butter cookies and are a true taste of the holiday season.

raspberry ribbons
raspberry ribbons

These festive cookies are simple to make with minimal ingredients as well as minimal effort. They are soft on bite and have a fruity flavor with a hint of citrus that balances the sweetness of the cookie. The cookie dough rolls out easily and you can form a trench in the middle of each log using your finger or handle of a wooden spoon.

raspberry ribbon cookies reciperaspberry ribbon slices
cookie dough before baking & after filling of jam

One of the best things about this cookies recipe is that you can fill them with any flavor of your choice. I usually stock on three to four flavors of jam at any given time which include mixed fruit, orange marmalade, pineapple or mango. I have used mixed fruit jam and pineapple jam as I did not have raspberry jam on hand.

raspberry ribbon cookies
raspberry ribbon slices

Raspberry ribbons make a welcome addition to any cookie tray especially around Christmas and New Year’s time. They make for great homemade edible gift. A fragrant shortbread that is a perfect combination of sweet, fruity, tangy, buttery and crumbly. In other words, raspberry cookies taste brilliant and make for a perfect end of the year treat.

raspberry ribbons recipe
raspberry ribbon cookies

Raspberry ribbon slices have become one of Nehal’s favorite. Kids LOVE them and so do adults. ๐Ÿ™‚

Learn how to make raspberry ribbons recipe

Raspberry ribbons recipe

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 35

 Main Ingredients:

  •  flour
  •   raspberry jam


  •   Butter - 1 cup, softened
  •   Sugar - 1/2 cup
  •   Egg - 1 (you can replace egg with a heaped tbsp of cornflour)
  •   Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  •   Grated lemon zest - 1/2 tsp
  •   Flour - 2 1/2 cups
  •   Salt - 1/4 tsp
  •   For filling:
  •   Raspberry jam - 6-7 tbsps (or as required) OR any jam or preserve of your choice
  •   For glaze:
  •   Powdered sugar - 1/3 cup
  •   Water - 3/4 tbsp OR milk

Method for making Raspberry ribbons recipe

Preheat oven to 175 C. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or butter paper. Set aside.
In a bowl, add flour and salt and mix. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the softened butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg, vanilla extract and grated lemon zest and beat.
Gradually add the flour to the butter mixture and mix until just combined and do not overmix.
Divide dough into two equal portions. Place them 2" apart on the cookie sheet and shape each portion into a long log of approx 1" in diameter about the length of your cookie sheet.
Using your index finger, press down the center of each log to form a trench. Do not press all the way down. Bake these logs for 10 mts.
Spoon jam into the grooves and return the cookies sheets to the oven. Bake for 6-8 mts or until firm on touch and as they begin to change color. Do not over bake.
In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and water or milk.
Remove cookies from the oven and cut them diagonally into approx 1" pieces.
Drizzle them with the powdered sugar mixture and store in an airtight container.


  •   You can replace the egg with a heaped tbsp of cornflour.
  •   You omit the sugar glaze if you want.
  •   You can add any jam or seedless preserve of your choice.


Raspberry ribbons are simple shortbread type butter cookies filled with raspberry jam. Traditional raspberry slices are Danish and Finnish holiday cookies.
  • Shriniwas

    This is awesome.