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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

October 2, 2022 · Nicole Triebe
peanut butter and jelly cookies on wire cooling rack , peanut butter in small bowl next to the rack

Your favorite sandwich from childhood in cookie form! Chewy peanut butter cookies and a swirl of jelly come together to make the best peanut butter cookie ever!

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were my favorite as a kid, and I know I’m not alone. That wave of nostalgia that comes over you when biting into pb&j sandwiches is something that you can’t compare! I’m taking everyone’s favorite childhood sandwich and turning it into the most perfect cookies ever!

Why We Love This Recipe For Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

How can you go wrong with the combination of classic peanut butter and sweet jelly? The melted butter in this peanut butter cookie recipe makes them so chewy and delicious, and pair perfectly with a cold glass of milk!

Key ingredients for this recipe

Peanut Butter

You could use crunchy peanut butter for this recipe, but I feel like creamy is the way to go. It gives these chewy cookies the perfect texture.

Jelly

Use your favorite jelly for these cookies. My favorite flavor combination is peanut butter and strawberry jam, but use a different jam if your heart desires! Grape jelly, raspberry jam, or even blueberry jam!

Sugar

I use both brown and white sugar for these cookies. I love the flavor and texture that the molasses in brown sugar gives cookies, and a couple of tablespoons of white sugar gives it the perfect amount of crispiness!

Butter

The butter in this peanut butter cookie is melted before to achieve a fudgy-yet-cooked texture. It’s cookie perfection.

Vanilla extract

Vanilla extract acts like salt does on the savory side: It enhances all the other flavors in the cookie!

Additional ingredients

Flour

Baking Soda

Salt

Eggs

Step by Step Instructions to make these Chewy Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

  1. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, use a whisk or paddle attachment to combine the melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add peanut butter and mix until well combined.
  3. To the same bowl, add salt, baking soda and stir to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add flour and mix until no flour is visible, scraping down the sides of the bowl a couple times during the mixing process. Do not overmix!
  5. Using a medium cookie dough scoop with release, scoop cookie dough and level off the dough using the side of the bowl. Using your finger, create a small indentation in the center of each cookie and place a 1/2 tsp of jam or jelly.
  6. Place a tablespoon of peanut butter cookie dough on top. Release from the cookie dough scoop and gently use your hands to create a smooth ball.
  7. CHILL THE DOUGH.  Place dough in freezer to cool for at least 1 hour, up to overnight.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.
  9. Place cookie dough balls on baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches between each cookie. Bake them for 13 minutes. Take the cookies out when they are golden at the edges but still a little under baked in the middle. Slam the baking sheet on the counter lightly.
  10. Let the cookies sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes before transferring them to wire rack to cool.

FAQ and Expert Tips

Take the cookies out when they are golden at the edges but still a little under baked in the middle.

Store extra cookies in an airtight container with a piece of bread to keep the cookies soft and moist.

Slam the cookie sheet on the counter right lightly after removing from the oven to create those perfect crinkles on top of the peanut butter and jelly cookies.

Additional recipes to try

Double Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies – super rich and fudgy chocolate cookies topped with a peppermint kiss are the perfect cookie for any cookie exchange or holiday party!

Festive and Fun Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board – Piled high with fluffy marshmallows and yummy hot chocolate toppings, this hot chocolate charcuterie will be a hit at any snowy celebration!

Cookie Butter Dip – this easy three-ingredient cookie butter dip is perfect for a fruit charcuterie board!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 23 minutes
  • Yield: 1 dozen 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Your favorite sandwich from childhood in cookie form! Chewy peanut butter cookies and a swirl of jelly come together to make the best peanut butter cookie ever!

 


Ingredients

Scale

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup jam


Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, use a whisk or paddle attachment to combine the melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add peanut butter and mix until well combined.
  3. To the same bowl, add salt, baking soda and stir to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add flour and mix until no flour is visible, scraping down the sides of the bowl a couple times during the mixing process.
  5. Using a medium cookie dough scoop with release, scoop cookie dough and level off the dough using the side of the bowl. Using your finger, create a small indentation in the center of each cookie and place a 1/2 tsp of jam or jelly.
  6. Place a tablespoon of peanut butter cookie dough on top. Release from the cookie dough scoop and gently use your hands to create a smooth ball.
  7. CHILL THE DOUGH.  Place dough in freezer to cool for at least 1 hour, up to overnight.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.
  9. Place cookie dough balls on baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches between each cookie. Bake them for 13 minutes. Take the cookies out when they are golden at the edges but still a little under baked in the middle. Slam the baking sheet on the counter lightly.
  10. Let the cookies sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes before transferring them to wire rack to cool.

Notes

Take the cookies out when they are golden at the edges but still a little under baked in the middle.

Store extra cookies in an airtight container with a piece of bread to keep the cookies soft and moist.

Slam the cookie sheet on the counter right lightly after removing from the oven to create those perfect crinkles on top of the peanut butter and jelly cookies.

Keywords: cookies; peanut butter; jelly;

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1 Comment

  • Reply Allison October 2, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    These deserve 500 stars! I do not consider myself a cookie person, but these turned me into a Cookie Monster! Tried a batch with raspberry jam and one with blueberry preserves. Couldn’t stop eating them!

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