Old Fashioned Jelly Rolls

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Old Fashioned Jelly Rolls plated - feature image

This is my Vovó’s (Grandmother in Portuguese) recipe for Old Fashioned Jelly Rolls. My Vovo had ten kids so she had quite a few quick but delicious dessert recipes that could be made with just a few simple ingredients.

Growing up it wasn’t unusual for her small kitchen to fill up with 10-15 people– my aunts, uncles and cousins. And she could whip up a batch of jelly rolls at a moment’s notice.

This was my first time making her recipe and they taste just like I remember.

The key to this recipe is not to under or overbake the cake layer. If you find the cake tacky and difficult to work with, it may be underbaked. And over-baked if it’s dry or has brown crispy edges. Just keep an eye out for the last few minutes of baking and you should be fine.

I used strawberry jam. My Vovo would use whatever jam or jelly she had in her pantry. That said, the strawberry jam was sooooo good! Feel free to try another type of seedless jam or jelly. Below is the recipe.

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Old Fashioned Jelly Rolls



Prep Time

20 min.

Cook/bake time

10 min.



Here's What You'll Need

A cookie sheet
Parchment paper


3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons confectioners powdered sugar
Seedless jam or jelly (your choice)


1. Mix the eggs, sugar, water and vanilla together.
2. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well.
3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
4. Grease the parchment paper and lightly dust with flour.
Old Fashioned Jelly Rolls batter
5. Spread the batter evenly from edge to edge then bake at Bake at 350-degrees for 8-10 minutes.
6. Loosen the cake layer and transfer to a counter or onto another sheet of parchment paper sprinkled with confectioners sugar.
Old Fashioned Jelly Rolls rolled up with jam
7. Spread on the jam or jelly then roll up.
8. Slice about an inch thick and serve.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Maureen

    What size rimmed cookie sheet did you use?

    1. Dawn Stewart

      Hi Maureen! I just use a regular cookie sheet. The sides are only about a half-inch high.

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