These Peanut Butter and Jelly cookies are one of the most perfect peanut butter and jelly recipes you’ll try. You will wonder why you never thought to create them before! Use different preserves to tons of variations to this simple recipe!
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Growing up, I wasn’t a fan of peanut butter cookies. I loved cookies and I loved peanut butter, but I was never a huge fan of straight up peanut butter cookies. I always loved making them with my family though because I thought the fun design you got to put on the top of them was really cool and I loved seeing how it grew but was still the same pattern as it cooked and expanded. The nerd in me learned that peanut butter actually makes cookies dense, so you put the fork marks into the cookie to flatten them so they come out soft with crispy edges. It’s the best of both loves in the cookie world.
When Andrew and I were discussing what recipes for our Peanut Butter and Jelly series, we both immediately thought of cookies. We debated if we put the jelly into dough or even if we make thumbprint cookies with peanut butter chips. Ultimately, we decided on jam sandwich cookies. These were the most true to what peanut butter and jelly traditionalists would consider a peanut butter and jelly cookies. These sandwich cookies are super fun and super easy. It’s a great way to get the kids involved in cookie making too.
How do you make peanut butter and jelly cookies?
To make these peanut butter sandwich cookies, you take a traditional peanut butter cookie recipe and bake it as normal. Once your cookies are cooked and cooled completely, you garnish one side with jelly. Then, top with another peanut butter cookie. The type of jelly is completely up to you. Use traditional grape or often replaced with strawberry. Or, get really creative with blackberry preserves or apricot jam or bacon jam!
And to further the crunchy versus creamy peanut butter debate, you can also top with crushed peanuts on the inside if you wish.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies Recipe
These Peanut Butter and Jelly cookies are one of the most perfect peanut butter and jelly recipes you'll try. You will wonder why you never thought to create them before! Use different preserves to tons of variations to this simple recipe!
- 2.5 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 9 tbsp jelly
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, add flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Whisk together.
In a large bowl, beat together the softened butter, peanut butter, brown and 1 cup white sugar.
Add in eggs, one at a time, and beat just until blended.
Add in vanilla just until blended.
Slowly add in the flour mixture until blended.
Using a 1-inch scoop, roll cookie dough into balls.
Place remaining 1 tbsp sugar in a bowl.
Dip a fork in sugar bowl and use it to flatten cookies in a criss-cross pattern.
Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool for 3-5 minutes until hardened enough to move to a cooling rack.
Let cool completely.
Once cool, spread 1/2 tbsp of jelly on the flat side of one cookie. Top with another cookie.
Repeat with remaining cookies.
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