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Guava Jam Cookies

door Linda Terrizzi

Delicious soft 'thumbprint cookies' filled with guava jam… you must try them! They remind you of the guava candy you eat Curaçao can buy. Deliciously sweet and with a delicious, tropical taste. Best? You can easily make a whole bowl out of it!

Thumbprint cookies

You make these thumbprint cookies by making a simple dough for butter cookies. After it has cooled, roll it into balls. You flatten these balls and make a well in them with a ball spoon or of course with your thumb. This is where the jam goes and you bake it with the cookies. This makes the jam nice and firm and the cookies sweet and fruity.

Guava jam from Charles & Co

We made these cookies with guava jam from the brand Matouk's. You can buy the jam (online) at Charles & Co. That is a super nice webshop that is located in Eindhoven. In fact… they recently opened their first real store!

With Charles & Co they sell Caribbean products that mostly come from the Anglophone islands in the Caribbean. Jamaica and Trinidad, for example. You will find delicious herbs, sauces and special preserves. Just like this delicious jam!

By the way, the jam tastes exactly like the 'bocadillos' of guava that you eat Curaçao buys. These blocks of boiled and sweetened guava pulp are made by the people of Venezuela and taken to the Antilles. It is a delicious and natural candy that has the taste of this tropical fruit.

When I recently received a jar of the guava jam from Charles & Co, I didn't know what I was tasting… exactly that taste of the past! The only difference with the candy is (of course) that the jam has a softer texture. The blocks/bocadillos are boiled down a bit further, making them firmer.

That's how I got the idea for these cookies. Because not only does the jam give the cookies a nice taste… baking also makes the jam firmer, because the water that is in it evaporates. And what you then have left is really the same as the well-known sweets that we used to love to eat. That's what I call a win-win situation!



With this recipe you make about 50 pieces of the most delicious guava cookies. And believe me when I say they will be gone in no time!


  • 250 gr (unsalted) butter
  • 150 gr white caster sugar
  • 8 gr / 1 sachet vanilla sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 300 gr flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 250 ml / 1 jar of guava jam*

*Of course you can use any other jam for these cookies. I personally find jam without pieces of fruit the best for this recipe.

Preparation of guava jam cookies

Start by making the cookie dough. To do this, mix the butter, sugar and vanilla sugar until creamy. Then add the egg yolk and mix until incorporated. Then add the flour and salt and knead into a firm cookie dough.

Is the dough really too dry and does it crumble? Then add the tablespoon of milk. If not, you can omit it. Now wrap the dough in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for an hour to cool and rest.

After resting you can make balls from the dough. These can be as big as a walnut. I made 50 balls from this dough.

Place the dough balls on a baking tray lined with baking paper and flatten them slightly. Then make a well in it with a convex spoon (or with your thumb), in which you can put the jam later.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Scoop some guava jam into each cookie with a teaspoon. You can fill the cookies up to the edge of the well.

Place the cookies in the oven and bake them for about 16-18 minutes until golden and golden.

Then let the guava jam cookies cool completely on a wire rack, so that the jam can become firm and the cookies nice and crispy. After this you can store them in a closed box or drum (but believe me when I say they run out very quickly!)



Also try…

Love homemade cookies? Then try our delicious Butter cookies!

*This article was created in collaboration with a company or brand

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