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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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4.7 from 10 votes
Raspberry cookies piled on a white plate.
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 (1 cookie)
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 100mg4%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    August 6, 2019 at 4:39 am

    5 stars
    It looks so delicious
    Loved this raspberry cookie

  • Reply
    December 11, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Could you use homemade raspberry jelly instead of raspberry jam?

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      December 11, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      I think you could use raspberry jelly instead of jam.

  • Reply
    December 11, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Oh, I wanted to love this cookie. Dough was perfect, but my cookies opened during the baking process….I plan to use the second half of dough to make sandwich cookies and add the jam after baking. Anyway, I still give this 4 stars for the great dough. Happy holidays.

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      December 11, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      Did you use the egg wash to hold the cookies together? I also give a little firm push towards the center. I like the idea of making the sandwich cookies!
      Happy Holidays to you too! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Fred G
    December 6, 2018 at 6:56 am

    5 stars
    Another great use of raspberries

  • Reply
    December 19, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Mine all opened up. I pinched the edges but they still opened up

    • Reply
      December 19, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Oh no! I’m not certain why they opened up, especially if you pinched them together in the center. I’m so sorry they have given you difficulty.

    • Reply
      December 23, 2017 at 9:40 am

      4 stars
      I brushed mine with an egg wash. Try that to help you with the opening up, it acts like a glue.

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        December 23, 2017 at 11:47 am

        5 stars
        Great idea! Thanks for letting me know what worked for you!

  • Reply
    December 17, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I am going to try these today and freeze them. I’ll report back on how the freeze – defrost worked out.

    • Reply
      December 17, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Great! I can’t wait to hear if they are freezer friendly!

  • Reply
    November 21, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    5 stars
    I made the dough yesterday and baked them today. They were super easy and delicious.

    • Reply
      November 21, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Super! I’m so glad that they were wonderful for you!They are delicious and beautiful! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    November 16, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    3 stars
    I loved how these cookies looked in the picture, I just couldn’t make mine turn out like this. My bowties kept wanting to open???? I tried many different approaches, but only had a few out of the whole batch look right. Any recommendations because I LOVED the flavor, just not how they looked.

    • Reply
      November 17, 2017 at 5:02 am

      Hi Tamara,
      I’m sorry these cookies gave you difficulty. Make certain the squares are not cut too small or filled too full. You want enough room for the dough to fold over. When folding, fold one corner over, add add a drop of water to help glue the two corners together and then pinch the two ends together.
      I hope this works for you.

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    January 12, 2017 at 5:06 am

    I stumbled onto your website looking for broccoli casserole, and noticed these cookies. I know them quite well. I ate them probably every Christmas of my childhood. They go by many names, but I’ve never heard them called bow ties before! (I know them as kolachky.) I’ll bet they’re delicious with a bit of sugar in the dough, but try them sometime without the sugar. They’re very good that way. Raspberry jam is a fantastic choice for the filling.

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      January 14, 2017 at 7:20 am

      Hi Jeff! You are correct, the original name is kolachky. There are so many wonderful versions of this cookie! I love the raspberry, but I think apricot would be wonderful too!

  • Reply
    Jazmin Villagomez
    December 21, 2016 at 10:44 am

    5 stars
    Thank you for charring this recipe šŸ™‚
    So far, I have received countless of compliments. I plan on making 3 more batches before Christmas. Wish me luck!

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    Apryl Broome
    December 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Can I use cake flour. I had a recipe for raspberry thumbprints I used to love but I have lost it so I wanted to try yours. I love the lightness of the cake flour. Think it will substitute ok?

    • Reply
      December 17, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Hi Apryl, You could try substituting cake flour for the all purpose flour. You will want to increase the amount of flour by 1/4 cup. Let me know how it turns out.

  • Reply
    December 15, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    5 stars
    Can these frozen?

    • Reply
      December 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      I haven’t tried freezing them so I don’t know how they would turn out.

  • Reply
    December 12, 2016 at 10:02 am

    5 stars
    These look delicious. Do you use all purpose or self rising flour?

    • Reply
      December 12, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      I use all purpose flour. Thanks for asking! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    December 5, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Thanks, Steph!

  • Reply
    December 2, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    How pretty! These are cookies that always draw me in at parties during the holidays, but I’ve never really made them before. And I’m not sure why. I think I need to try because they sound so good! I can make an extra batch of cookies besides what I usually do, right? šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      December 4, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      There’s nothing wrong with making extra cookies! You will be everyone’s hero!

  • Reply
    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    December 2, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Yum – these are so cute and delicious. I will be making these soon! Thanks, Kathy!

    • Reply
      December 3, 2016 at 11:49 am

      They add a lot of color to a plate full of cookies!

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    December 1, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Kathy these are almost like pie cookies!! I want to make them. I love these for my Christmas cookie tray that I will be bringing to my moms this year. I’m on the hunt now for a few new ones to try. Maybe I’ll do your sugar cookies with the peppermint too!!!!

    • Reply
      December 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

      They are both great cookies! Let me know if you give them a try!

  • Reply
    Miriam -
    December 1, 2016 at 2:02 am

    They look absolutely gorgeous – love how you perfected the original recipe! The raspberry jam gives it a wonderful colour too! Have a great weekend!

    • Reply
      December 1, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      The jam adds such amazing color and flavor! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    November 30, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    haha oh gosh me too – I baked and shopped online sales!! These cookies are so darn pretty! And they sound delicious too!

    • Reply
      December 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

      Shopping online has made my life much easier….more time for baking! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    November 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    These raspberry bowties are so cute Kathy! I didn’t do any Black Friday shopping either, except for a little online. (I don’t care for crowds!) What a great cookie to kick off the holiday baking! Hope all is well, have a great week!

    • Reply
      December 2, 2016 at 5:26 am

      Thanks Allie! The holiday season is officially in full gear and that includes lots of baking! Enjoy!!!

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    November 29, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Lovely and classic. You made them so prettily!! Festive and bright.

    • Reply
      December 4, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks! I do love the colors of these cookies! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    November 28, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, there is something simple yet luxurious about this cookie! Definitely a must try! Take care.

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    David @ Spiced
    November 28, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    What a classic Christmas cookie…and perfect for the holiday cookie season! I think I need to whip up a batch of these ASAP. I love raspberry jam, so I can pretty much be certain that these cookies will be a huge hit in our house. Good call on the powdered sugar there!

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    November 28, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Hi Kathy, I had already left my comment, as soon as I saw them, but don’t see it here… Well, that means I have to do it again šŸ˜‰ . Love these cookies, we have something like that in Italy too and they’re sooo good! I agree in adding powdered sugar, makes for a crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth cookie. Pinned them!

    • Reply
      November 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Nicoletta, I did see your comment on Saturday. I just migrated to a new host and anything posted on that day seemed to have issues. I had to fix a couple of pics and lost about 4 comments…plus my responses! Hopefully all my issues will be resolved. Thank you for visiting again and for your lovely comment. šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    November 28, 2016 at 7:02 am

    I’m with you on the shopping, Kathy. There is no sale worth all that! I would much rather read cooking magazines and eat these beautiful cookies!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    November 28, 2016 at 5:32 am

    I totally agree, no sale is worth all that craziness.. that’s why I just shop online. šŸ˜‰ Love these cookies, Kathy!!! Absolutely perfect for the holidays and they are gorgeous to boot!! Cheers, friend!

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    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    November 28, 2016 at 5:20 am

    I would much rather be in the kitchen than shopping too, Kathy! I don’t like crowded malls, that’s for sure. Too busy! These cookies are absolutely beautiful! So perfect for the holidays. Pinned! Have a great week šŸ™‚

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    November 28, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Wow these look so festive, I would take 2 please!

    • Reply
      November 28, 2016 at 4:48 am

      I’m just giving you a warning….it’s hard to stop at just two! šŸ™‚

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    November 28, 2016 at 4:17 am

    Baking > shopping. Simple math šŸ˜‰ I love these cookies and can’t wait to try a batch this season – they are so cute and festive šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      November 28, 2016 at 4:47 am

      I like simple math! šŸ™‚

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    November 26, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Wow, you’re brave to want to cook again the day after Thanksgiving! I was exhausted after baking several pies on the day. I was interested to see cream cheese in the ingredient list. I’m afraid I’ll have to wait a week or so to try these cookies since I gained a few pounds recently. Well done!

    • Reply
      November 28, 2016 at 4:47 am

      Overall it was a day of relaxation. I am amazed that I was able to eat again after a huge Thanksgiving dinner!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    November 26, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I love these cookies Kathy! They remind me of a Hungarian cookie I make every holiday season called kifli. Kifli is filled with a walnut mixture, but sometimes they’re filled with raspberry or apricot jam too! I bet these were a total hit at your house. I’d rather be baking cookies at home than fighting the crowds in stores too. Great kick off to the holiday cookie season!

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      November 28, 2016 at 4:46 am

      That walnut filling sounds amazing! I hope you share that recipe! šŸ™‚

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