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Easy jam tarts – great bake for kids

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If you’re cooking with the kids and looking for an easy recipe, then try out these super easy jam tarts – quick, tasty and great for kids to bake.

Jam tarts are one of the easiest bakes to make with kids. They’re fun, tasty and kids really enjoy making them.

There’s lots of hands on baking for kids to get involved in when making jam tarts – rolling the pastry, cutting out the tart cases with pastry cutters, filling the tarts with jam and brushing the edges with eggs.

They can pretty much do the whole thing themselves (except the actual oven part)

large white plate filled with homemade jam tarts with strawberry, raspberry and apricot jam flavours

Ingredients For Easy Jam Tarts

Our jam tart recipe is super easy you’ll just need a handful of ingredients.

  • 1 pack of Jus-Roll shortcrust pastry – I used Jus-Rol but supermarket own brand work just as well. Plus it’s worth keeping a pack of this pastry in the fridge or freezer, it’s good for turning leftover into a pie.
  • Jam – we used three different flavours – strawberry, raspberry and apricot – but you feel free to just choose your favourite.
  • 1 Egg – just choose a medium egg for this recipe – beaten for brushing the edges of the tarts so they turn golden in the oven
  • Knob of butter for greasing the tart tins – you can grease the tins using a scrap of the butter packet or a piece of kitchen roll.

How To Make Easy Jam Tarts

Our little jam tarts are super easy to make and super fun for kids to get involved with. It’s a great activity to fill a rainy morning at home.

large white plate filled with homemade jam tarts with strawberry, raspberry and apricot jam flavours

How To Make Jam Tarts With Shortcrust Pastry

Step One

  • Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C Fan / 350F / Gas Mark 4

Step Two

  • Grease the tart tray with butter. Just butter dabbed on some kitchen roll or butter wrapper works well to grease tins with.

Step Three

  • Firstly cut the pastry block into three and roll each piece out thinly enough that you can cut twelve tart bases from the pastry. You may need to roll up the scraps and roll again to get the full twelve tarts.
  • As you cut the tarts press them gently into the jam tart tray.

Step Four

  • Once all twelve have been cut and pressed into the tart tray add a tsp of jam to each tart case. Don’t overfill the tarts or they’ll just bubble over the edges, you only need a little bit of jam in each.

Step Five

  • Brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg and then bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the pastry is turning golden and the jam bubbling deliciously.
  • Allow the tarts to cool slightly in the tin and then transfer them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Remember…. jam is really hot when straight from the oven so make sure they cool properly before the kids eat them – you really don’t want them to burn their mouth.

Make The Jam Tarts Your Way

  • Choose any flavour jam you like – just pick your favourite.
  • Try lemon curd or even chocolate spread in the little tarts as a change to jam.
  • Put little pastry stars or other shapes on top of the jam tarts as a decoration, you could also sprinkle with icing sugar whilst they’re still hot from the oven.

How To Serve Jam Tarts

  • Perfect for picnics – bright, colourful, cheap and tasty!
  • Great with a mini tea-party, alongside a selection of sandwiches, scones or other cakes. And of course a pot of tea.
  • Serve with afternoon tea

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Yield: Makes 36

Easy Jam Tarts

large white plate filled with homemade jam tarts with strawberry, raspberry and apricot jam flavours

Super easy jam tart recipe for kids to help make

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes


  • 1 Block of Ready to Roll Jus-Rol Shortcrust Pastry 
  • 12 tsp Apricot Jam 
  • 12 tsp Strawberry Jam
  • 12 tsp Raspberry Jam
  • 1 Egg - Beaten 
  • Knob of Butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Grease the tart trays with butter
  3. Cut the pastry block into three equal pieces and then roll each one out so you can cut out 12 tarts. You may need to roll up the pastry scraps and re-roll to get the full 12 tarts.
  4. Gently press each pastry tart case into the baking tray.
  5. Add a tsp of jam to each tart case
  6. Brush the edges of the tart with beaten egg
  7. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes
  8. Once cooked leave to cool for a few minutes in the tin before transfering to a wire cooling rack to cool completely

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 33Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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