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Guava Jelly Cookies

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

These guava jelly cookies are delicious, simple, and perfect for any occasion. Guava jelly is something I grew up eating, not often but occasionally on bread or just by the spoonful. I first came across the idea for this recipe in a cookbook titled Jamaican Cooking & Menus which I got from one of those floating book fairs. The original recipe called for an egg white, an egg yolk, and also chopped nuts for rolling the cookies. My recipe on the other hand doesn’t include any eggs and uses sugar for rolling instead of nuts.

Guava Jelly Cookies

I have nothing against eggs, but I’ve tried this recipe multiple times, and it worked best without eggs. Despite not having any eggs, the cookies are soft and scrumptious. Another plus is that the cookie dough doesn’t need to be chilled before baking which means you can get to baking and eating them a lot faster.

In my previous attempts, I rolled half of the cookies in sugar and the other half in coconut flakes which was very good but in the end, I decided to keep it simple with just the sugar. As always make substitutions where you feel necessary. So with that said let’s get to baking. Have fun and enjoy!

Guava Jelly Cookies

Servings: 12-15 cookies


1 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour

½ tsp Salt

1tsp Baking Soda

½ cup Butter (Melted)

⅓ cup Granulated Sugar + 1tbsp for rolling

2tbsp Powdered Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract

½ tsp Guava Jelly (per cookie)


1. Preheat your oven to 350℉ and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a medium-sized bowl add the melted butter, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.

3. Next add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Continue mixing until the flour is evenly combined.

4. From the cookie dough, form balls 1tbsp in size. Roll in the remaining sugar, and place on the parchment paper-lined cookie sheet keeping them 1inch apart.

5. Using your thumb or the back of a small spoon, create a well in the middle of the cookie. Spoon ½tsp of guava jelly inside each cookie. Repeat until all cookies are filled.

6. Bake for 10-11 mins. Remove from oven and cool cookies on a wire rack for 5-10mins. Serve and enjoy!

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