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Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

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Take the classic combination of peanut butter and jelly and turn it into scrumptious thumbprint cookies. They are a fun back to school treat, perfect for holiday cookie trays or just because!

plate with three peanut butter and jelly thumbrint cookies, one with a bite taken out.

    Perfect peanut butter cookies filled with your favorite preserves are a fun way to remake the classic sandwich from your childhood. These thumbprint cookies and a glass of milk are almost sure to put a smile on your face. Bake up a batch to see for yourself!

     As the temperatures start to fall, my penchant for baking gets stronger. These is just something so cozy about smelling something baking in the oven.

     Not that it takes much to make me want to bake. You have seen some of the treats on here right?!

     Anyway, cookies are a great way to satisfy the baking urge. Not only are they relatively easy to make, they are also easy to share.

      That is becoming more and more of a perk as my metabolism slows down!

thumbprint cookie on plate with pedestal of peanut butter and preserves cookies in background

      I’ve noticed people tend to like you a little more when you show up with cookies.  So we can label this as a friendship campaign for the greater good of humanity.

      Now it’s a humanitarian effort rather than an urge to make a tasty treat! (And this line of thinking shows you how easy it is for me to talk myself into making a cake or batch of cookies!)

      No matter the motivation, these peanut butter thumbprints are worth making. They are a little bit nostalgic even if you’ve never had them before.

small cake stand with peanut butter thumbprint cookies on it.

    If you are a fan of peanut butter cookies, you may also want to check out my great grandma’s recipe for classic peanut butter cookies. I also have a recipe for peanut butter blossoms that are a must have for the holidays.

     If it’s the peanut butter and jelly mix you like, try my peanut butter and jelly dip. It is perfect with animal crackers, Graham crackers or pretzels.

Making Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

First you whip up some easy peanut butter cookie dough.  Then roll the dough into small balls.

Roll the balls in sugar for that perfect touch. Then place on a cookie sheet. 

using a teaspoon to put an indent in a peanut butter thumbprint cookie

Use the back of a teaspoon to form a small indentation in the cookie. Keep at it until you have a tray full of little wells just waiting for the good stuff. 

Fill them with raspberry preserves, strawberry jam or your favorite filling.  Bake to glorious perfection!

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Cool completely before putting in an airtight container to store.  I like to put layers of wax paper between layers of cookies to make sure they don’t stick together.

Enjoy your delicious cookies and memories too!

small plate with a couple of peanut butter thumbprint cookies in front of serving platter with additional cookies.
Yield: 36 Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

small cake stand with peanut butter thumbprint cookies on it.

Take the classic combination of peanut butter and jelly and turn it into scrumptious thumbprint cookies. They are a fun back to school treat, perfect for holiday cookie trays or just because!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 36 minutes
Total Time 56 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup raspberry jam or your favorite preserves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Cream together butter, peanut butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until smooth. 
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt and baking powder.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture until fully incorporated.
  5. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls, then roll each ball in a small bowl containing the additional 3 Tablespoons of sugar to coat. 
  6. Place on a cookie sheet and use the back of a teaspoon to press an indent into the ball. 
  7. Fill with about a teaspoon of jam or preserves. 
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
  9. Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to serve. You may want to place a sheet of wax paper between each layer of cookies if you stack. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1 Cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Take the classic combination of peanut butter and jelly and turn it into scrumptious thumbprint cookies. They are a fun back to school treat, perfect for holiday cookie trays or just because!

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Saturday 9th of November 2019

That darn metabolism... I really wish I had appreciated more when it worked well! That issue aside, these cookies look and sound fantastic! I know they would be husband approved.

Miz Helen

Wednesday 30th of October 2019

Yum, these look delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Miz Helen

Carlee

Monday 4th of November 2019

Thank you

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine

Thursday 24th of October 2019

Hi Carlee, these are my very favorite cookies and yours made my mouth water, they surely look perfect!

Carlee

Monday 4th of November 2019

Aren't they so good? Thank you

Andrea Nine

Monday 21st of October 2019

Too funny, I’m making the ones with the kisses today. Brilliant to make the centers jelly, such a sweet lil treat!!

Carlee

Monday 4th of November 2019

It's a peanut butter cookie kind of day! Mmmm!