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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.
4.67 from 18 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 15, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    5 stars
    Can these frozen?

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      December 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm

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

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    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    December 5, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Thanks, Steph!

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    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? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      December 4, 2016 at 2:58 pm

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

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    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!

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    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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!

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      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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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