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Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies

November 26, 2016 (Last Updated: May 30, 2019)

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


Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies 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 plate full of Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies

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

I found a recipe for Bow Tie Cookies made with apricot jam. 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.

Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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!!!

Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies filled with raspberry jam.

These delicious cookies go by many different names – bow tie cookies, kolache cookies, kolacky 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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Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies
Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
1 hr
Total Time
40 mins

Holiday cookies with raspberry jam.

Course: Cookie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bow tie cookies, Christmas cookies, cookies with jam, Holiday cookies, Raspberry cookies, Raspberry jam cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 181 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese and butter together.
  2. Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla.
  3. Mix in flour. Beat until all flour is incorporated into dough.
  4. Divide dough in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap, flattening into a 4 inch disc.
  5. Refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.
  6. When ready to bake, work with one disc of dough at a time.
  7. Place on a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangular shape until dough is approx. 1/8" thick.
  8. Trim edges and cut into 2 inch squares.
  9. Place 1/2 teaspoon of jam on each square. Spread jam on dough.
  10. Mix egg white together with water. 

  11. 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.  

  12. 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. 

  13. Bake for 10  minutes in a preheated 400 degree oven.

  14. Cool on a baking rack.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar when completely cooled.

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Recipe Notes

Recipe updated 10/21/18

Nutrition Facts
Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Potassium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Sugars 7g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 7.3%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    December 11, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Could you use homemade raspberry jelly instead of raspberry jam?

    • Reply
      December 11, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      I think you could use raspberry jelly instead of jam.

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