The strawberry season has started in the UK and we’re loving it – fresh British Strawberries in the shops as well as a little adventure going strawberry picking with the kids and it’s perfect for this week’s Cooking with Kids A to Z post which is J is for Jam. A couple of years ago I started making our own Jams, Chutneys and Preserves and we now regularly make our own, the kids and my hubby love them as there is something extra nice about the taste that you just don’t get with store bought Jams. So today I’m sharing my homemade Jam recipe and a quick cookie that you can make with the kids.

Make these delicious Strawberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies, the recipe includes a homemade strawberry Jam that is so easy to make kids can make it too.

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One of the things that we have that makes Jam making extra easy is a Jam Maker, it makes it safer to make with the kids and more precise as well – I have tried Jam making on the stove but was a complete disaster using our Jam Maker every Jar that I’ve made from Strawberry Jam, to Cranberry and Orange and even our own Marmalade that I used in the Paddington Bear Marmalade Cake has come our perfect.

Ingredients for Making Homemade Jam and using it in Jam Thumbprint Cookies

For the Jam

800g Sugar Cubes
200ml of Water
Juice from 1 Lemon or around 2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice
1kg of Fresh Strawberries

Ingredients for the Jam Thumbprint Cookies

225g Self Raising Flour
Pinch of Salt
100g Butter
1 Medium Egg

Jam Making with Kids

Using our Jam Maker we set about getting the kids to weigh out the different ingredients for the Jam – we used Sugar Cubes this time as literally any sugar can be used with strawberries, sugar cubes are easy for the kids to handle.

Take advantage of the strawberry season this summer and make your own Jam then use it to create these delicious jam splogger cookies ideal as a sweet snack especially for kids

Take advantage of the strawberry season this summer and make your own Jam then use it to create these delicious jam splogger cookies ideal as a sweet snack especially for kids

Then we squeezed the lemon and put everything into the jam maker and set it, according to the instructions.

Whilst it was working we washed the jam jars and put them into a hot oven to sterilise. When the jam was ready and we tested it to see if it would set we poured it into the contains and left it to cool down whilst the children played.

Take advantage of the strawberry season this summer and make your own Jam then use it to create these delicious jam splogger cookies ideal as a sweet snack especially for kids

Looking for more easy recipes to cook with kids – these Recipes that you can really cook with toddlers are a great place to start getting the kids cooking whatever their age.

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

We line our cookie trays witgreaseproofof paper or silicone coated parchment paper as find that these prevent the cookies from sticking especially with some of our trays that are aging.

Take advantage of the strawberry season this summer and make your own Jam then use it to create these delicious jam splogger cookies ideal as a sweet snack especially for kids

With kids I like to use digital scales as well as more traditional scales. This help them to read numbers especially when they are learning to count and measure.

Take advantage of the strawberry season this summer and make your own Jam then use it to create these delicious jam splogger cookies ideal as a sweet snack especially for kids

Take advantage of the strawberry season this summer and make your own Jam then use it to create these delicious jam splogger cookies ideal as a sweet snack especially for kids

Some of the skills of cooking like rubbing butter and flour together to make a bread crumb texture are useful to teach early. This same method is used in our Rhubarb Crumble.

Take advantage of the strawberry season this summer and make your own Jam then use it to create these delicious jam splogger cookies ideal as a sweet snack especially for kids

Take advantage of the strawberry season this summer and make your own Jam then use it to create these delicious jam splogger cookies ideal as a sweet snack especially for kids

Take advantage of the strawberry season this summer and make your own Jam then use it to create these delicious jam splogger cookies ideal as a sweet snack especially for kids

The kids loved making their thumbprints in the cookie dough.

Take advantage of the strawberry season this summer and make your own Jam then use it to create these delicious jam splogger cookies ideal as a sweet snack especially for kids

Take advantage of the strawberry season this summer and make your own Jam then use it to create these delicious jam splogger cookies ideal as a sweet snack especially for kids

You don’t have to use our homemade Strawberry Jam recipe to make these storebought Jam is good as well.

Take advantage of the strawberry season this summer and make your own Jam then use it to create these delicious jam splogger cookies ideal as a sweet snack especially for kids

Take advantage of the strawberry season this summer and make your own Jam then use it to create these delicious jam splogger cookies ideal as a sweet snack especially for kids

Strawberry Jam & Jam Sploggers

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Author: Cerys Parker

Ingredients

Homemade Strawberry Jam

  • 1 kg Strawberries
  • 200 ml Water
  • 800 g Sugar Cubes
  • Juice from 1 lemon

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Instructions

Homemade Strawberry Jam

  • Weight ingredients
  • Chop up strawberries very small
  • Add to the jam maker
  • Programme according to instructions
  • Sterilise jars
  • Pour into Jars and allow to cool

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200C
  • Mix the flour and salt together
  • Rub in the butter to make a breadcrumb type mixture
  • Add the sugar and stir
  • Beat the egg and add mix to a stiff dough
  • Split and roll into walnut size cookies
  • Place on a cookie sheet
  • Press your thumb into the top of each cookie
  • Fill the depression with the jam
  • Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until Golden Brown
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack and enjoy
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Love this recipe – Grow your own Strawberries to Make it Next Year

Grow your own strawberries with this simple kit – you won’t need a lot of space when you use this stacking plant set which will contain 20 strawberry plants.

Buy the strawberry plants this set contains 20 plants and has a good yield even in the first year.

Don’t forget your compost and a fun watering can and the kids can grow their strawberries to make their own Jam and these thumbprint cookies.

More J is for Jam recipes from the cooking with kids blog team

Strawberry Jam and Jam Splogger Cookies – YOU ARE HERE

Super Simple Microwave Strawberry Jam – Still Playing School

Orange Strawberry Jam Surprise Muffins – The Educators’ Spin On It

Jam and Cream Cheese Bites – Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Jam and Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip – Sugar Aunts

Jam Tarts – Mum in the Madhouse


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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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    1. Thank you I hadn’t noticed the typo there – the recipe card is on the page to make it easy to print for those that like to cook without a tablet or phone nearby and did have the correct quantity of flour in which is 225g whereas in the simple ingredients list before the recipe there was an error where 800g had been written.

      We like to provide both options for readers as have been asked for printable versions for those that use these recipes in settings and in their classrooms when cooking with kids.

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