Yummy, soft peanut butter and jelly cookies taste like PB & J sandwiches in cookie form!
peanut butter and jelly cookies
Peanut butter and jelly cookies are soft, flavorful cookies topped with jam of your choice. So easy to make, they're the lunch box sandwich favorite as a cookie!
Choose any flavor of jam or jelly you like to top these cookies, which are similar to a peanut butter thumbprint cookie. Here, I used a seedless raspberry jam.
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Tools you'll need to make thumbprint peanut butter and jelly cookies
You will need three to four baking trays. The recipe makes 40 cookies. If you want extra room between the cookies, divide baking between four trays.
(If you do not have additional baking trays, just be sure that the tray you are reusing is totally cool before adding cookie dough.)
A one tablespoon scoop, while optional, is fantastic for portioning cookies evenly.
I highly recommend lining baking trays with parchment paper.
While our recipes provide both the metric and non-metric amounts, a digital scale comes in handy with this recipe to divide the dough into four sections for four Jello colors.
I use an oven thermometer for accuracy. (This is how I know my oven runs 25 degrees cold.)
TIPS for the peanut butter and jelly cookie recipe
Store in an air tight container for up to 5 days. You may also freeze the cookies up to 3 months.
You may also keep the cookies in the refrigerator.
A one-tablespoon scoop is handy for portioning your dough. For easy scooping, spray with cooking spray or rinse with water before scooping.
To press an indentation in the center, I use my ¼ teaspoon.
TOPPING WITH JELLY
I tried several methods for topping the thumbprint cookies with jelly, and both larger and smaller-sized scoops. I tested pre-baking the cookies and baking after adding the jelly.
For best results, top with jelly or jam before baking. However, reserve some additional jelly or jam to add to the divot after baking as needed.
THE PEANUT BUTTER
For best results, use a peanut butter that does not need mixing, and whose oils have not been separated.