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Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies

November 26, 2016 (Last Updated: November 4, 2019)

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Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies are a festive cookie to add to your holiday cookie tray.

Raspberry cookies piled on a white plate.


Cookies filled with jam on a baking rack.

Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season has begun! I spent the day after Thanksgiving relaxing and baking.

I just can’t get out to the stores to fight the crowds. No sale is worth that amount of craziness for me.

I would much rather be in my kitchen baking! These raspberry bow tie cookies are my kick off to the holiday season! 

A white plate with cookies.

I started out the day reading old cooking magazines. I have a huge collection and browse through them from time to time.

While reading, I found a recipe for Bow Tie Cookies made with apricot jam. To mix things up a bit I decided  to use raspberry jam instead of apricot jam.

I also changed the dough up just a bit. The original recipe did not have any sugar or vanilla. I wanted a cookie that would melt in your mouth and decided to add powdered sugar to the dough.

These cookies are amazing! Don’t take my word for it though…get baking and try them yourself!!!

Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies out of the oven on a baking sheet.

The hardest part about making Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies is you have to chill the dough before rolling it out. This requires just a bit of planning.

Sometimes when I’m making cookies, I want to get it all done in one sitting.

If you tried to roll this dough out right away, you’d have a sticky mess. I made these in the morning, threw them in the fridge and finished them in the afternoon.

Kolachy cookies filled with raspberry jam.

Raspberry bow tie cookies are as fun to make as they are to eat! They also make an impressive gift during the holidays!  Get Baking!!!

Cookie dough topped with a fruit jam.

These delicious cookies go by many different names – bow tie cookies, kolache cookies, kolachy cookies, Polish cream cheese cookies, and jam cookies.

Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies ready for the oven.


Update:  Several readers have emailed stating their cookies open up during baking. Several others have not had any problems. I have remade these cookies and tried several different folding methods. I have the most success using an egg white wash.

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Kolachy cookies stacked on a plate.

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Raspberry cookies piled on a white plate.

Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies

Holiday cookies with raspberry jam.
4.83 from 40 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Refrigerate 1 hr
Total Time 40 mins
Course Cookie
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 181 kcal


  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 8 oz butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • powdered sugar for dusting cookies


  • In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese and butter together.
  • Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Mix in flour. Beat until all flour is incorporated into dough.
  • Divide dough in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap, flattening into a 4 inch disc.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.
  • When ready to bake, work with one disc of dough at a time.
  • Place on a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangular shape until dough is approx. 1/8" thick.
  • Trim edges and cut into 2 inch squares.
  • Place 1/2 teaspoon of jam on each square.
    Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies
  • Mix egg white together with water. 
  • Fold two corners together over your index finger.  Place a dab of egg white mixture between overlapping corners of cookies. Press firmly together so the dough is fused.  
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press folded sides down slightly so they are not rounded.  This will help prevent cookies from coming apart while baking. 
  • Bake for 10  minutes in a preheated 400 degree oven.
  • Cool on a baking rack.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar when completely cooled.



Recipe updated 10/21/18


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 100mgPotassium: 34mgSugar: 7gVitamin A: 365IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.7mg
Keyword Bow tie cookies, Christmas cookies, cookies with jam, Holiday cookies, Raspberry cookies, Raspberry jam cookies
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  • Reply
    December 23, 2020 at 11:37 am

    I tried it but it’s difficult to keep them from falling apart during baking. I used water and also egg whites. I also tried to fuse them very carefully and allowed them to rest and re pressed them once more before entering the oven. They are pretty good.

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    December 21, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    5 stars
    So delicious! Made these for the first time and they turned out great! Im thinking about making them with a nut filling next?? would anyone recommend that ?

    • Reply
      December 21, 2020 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks, Alyssa! So glad you loved them!!! I have only filled these with raspberry and apricot jam. If you try a nut filling, you might try something similar to a rugelach filling. Let me know if you give it a try. I’d love to know how they turn out.
      Happy Baking!
      Kathy 🙂

  • Reply
    December 21, 2020 at 9:59 am

    4 stars
    This recipe is absolutely delicious and I made it with apricot preserve. The I changed the temperature to 375 and the time to 9 minutes because my first three batches burned on the bottom and seemed to open around the last two minutes! Very frustrating!
    This way worked 👍great

    • Reply
      December 21, 2020 at 10:06 am

      Thanks for sharing your tips!

  • Reply
    December 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Just divine!

    • Reply
      December 20, 2020 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks 🙂

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