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Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

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

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

Perfect peanut butter thumbprint cookies filled with your favorite preserves are a fun way to remake the classic sandwich from your childhood. A plate of these 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. There 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. I don’t need the temptation of a whole cake sitting around.

Peanut butter thumbprint cookie filled with fruit jam on small plate, ready to eat.

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 peanut butter and jelly dip. It is perfect with animal crackers, Graham crackers or pretzels.

Making Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

To make these thumbprint cookies, start by making a simple peanut butter cookie dough.  Then roll the cookie dough into small balls.

Roll the balls of dough in granulated sugar for that perfect touch. Then place them a couple of inches apart 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.  Then pop the pan in the oven and bake to perfection.

Balls of peanut butter cookie dough coated in sugar with circular indents in the center.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store peanut butter thumbprint cookies?

Wait for cookies to cool completely before putting in an airtight container. Put a layer of wax paper or parchment between the layers of cookies. Store at room temperature for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

What if the jam is too sticky in thumbprint cookies?

If the jelly filling seems too sticky to stack them, dust the cookies with powdered sugar. That will help to set the filling a bit more.

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

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Servings: 36 Cookies
Author: Carlee
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!
4.89 from 17 ratings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 36 minutes
Total Time 56 minutes


  • cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • cup raspberry jam or your favorite preserves


  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    1 cup butter, ¾ cup creamy peanut butter, 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until smooth. 
    2 large eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt and baking powder.
    3½ cups all purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture until fully incorporated.
  • Roll the dough into 1 inch balls, then roll each ball in a small bowl of sugar to coat. 
    3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Place on a cookie sheet and use the back of a teaspoon to press an indent into the ball. 
  • Fill with about a teaspoon of jam or preserves. 
    ⅔ cup raspberry jam or your favorite preserves
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, then cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • 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. 


Serving: 1CookieCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 115mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

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.


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!


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!!


Monday 4th of November 2019

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