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How to Make Einkorn Split Second Cookies



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When I was a kid we’d visit Knotts Berry Farm on vacation. Although we didn’t have much money for souvenirs, we’d always get some of their shortbread style cookies with a little dab of jam in the middle. The only name I knew them by was “Knotts Cookies.” Now, 20 years later I haven’t had a “Knotts cookie” in forever, but I have made these shortbread style jam cookies quite a bit! Today I want to share how to make Einkorn Spit Second Cookies. These make a great afternoon treat, holiday dessert or tea cookie.

cookie strips with jam in the middle

I first discovered these buttery cookies after having my first baby. I lived several hours from my family and a distant relative who lived in the same town wanted to bring some things to celebrate the baby’s arrival. I’d never met this woman but invited her on over. She came with a couple gifts and these wonderful cookies. I suppose they left such an impression on me because I ate the whole plate in 24 hours. They were just so buttery and sweet. I’m sure my body craved as many calories as it could get at that point. A few weeks later when she invited me over, I arrived to more Split Second Cookies coming out of the oven. I was hooked.

little boy bends over uncooked dough logs with jam inside the middle strip

The biggest difference in einkorn split second cookies is that einkorn doesn’t sub 1:1 with modern all purpose flour. I’ve adapted the Taste of Home Cookbook recipe to work with the einkorn. You’ll notice these have a rich brown crust because I used whole grain einkorn. Feel free to use all purpose for a lighter crust and texture!

How to Make Einkorn Split Second Cookies

In a large mixing bowl stir in your flour, salt, and baking soda.

Cream your softened butter with the sugar, then add vanilla and the egg.

Combine the dry and wet ingredients until a dough forms.

uncooked dough logs with indents down the middle awaiting jam.

Divide this dough into four equal pieces. Now roll out each piece into a long rope and arrange two ropes approximately one inch around on a baking sheet. I chose to do all four ropes on one baking sheet. The shorter ropes resulted in wider cookies out of the oven. When cut up they, were longer. Don’t worry about exact measurements. Just make sure they cook thoroughly.

hand places jam inside the indent of a cookie dough log in preparation to bake

Use your thumb to press an indent along the middle of each rope for your jam.

A little hand points at a cookie dough log with chocolate in place of jam in middle indent

I happen to have a child who is very picky. I allowed him to help put on chocolate instead of jam.

Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20-25 minutes. Longer thinner ropes will need less time. Wider, thicker ropes will use more time. You should notice the edges turning a little brown and the middle around the jam will be firm.

little hand holds up half eaten cookie

Let cool for 5 minutes before cutting diagonally. You can see the chocolate was a hit with the kids who are afraid of jam!


Where to Find Einkorn

My favorite place to get the best price on einkorn berries and flour is Azure Standard. I’ve used several places and finally landed on them because they’ve consistently had lower prices.

I like getting their einkorn wheat berries and have also found great prices on Jovial Foods brand flour.

The best price I’ve found for large quantities of wheat berries (48 pounds and more) is through Einkorn.com. I’ve also been very impressed with their quality.

Yield: Approx. 32 cookies

How to Make Einkorn Split Second Cookies

shortbread sliced cookie with Jam in middle

These are a buttery shortbread style sliced cookie with sweet jam in the middle.


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups einkorn flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup of your favorite jam


  1. Cream together butter and sugar
  2. Add in egg and vanilla and beat well
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together until a thick dough forms
  5. Divide dough into four logs by rolling each into a 1 inch by 10 inch rope.
  6. Place onto two parchment lined baking sheets with room in between. using your finger, make a 1/2 in indent down the middle of each log; fill with jam
  7. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes or until edges turn a little brown and middle of dough bakes firm
  8. Let cool for five minutes before cutting diagonally into one inch pieces

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More Einkorn Recipes From the Hilltop

Chewy Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies

Simple Sourdough Einkorn Blueberry Lemon Scones

Favorite Farmhouse Biscuits

Soothing Chicken Soup

Hope you enjoy these cookies and have fun getting creative with different types of jam.

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