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Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Is there any better way to enjoy peanut butter and jelly than in a cookie? My family’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookie recipe.

My mother-in-law made these every Christmas – rolled in very fine nuts. They were addictive!

The practically melt in your mouth.

But, you don’t have to use the nut coating. They are pop-in-your-mouth goodness without it, too.

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Cookie utensils that make baking cookies easier.

cookie lifter

Use a cookie/brownie lifter with a beveled edge so your cookies don’t get smushed. On Amazon.

cookie scoop

An easy-release scoop makes uniform cookies & for meatballs, devilled eggs and more. On Amazon.

Both items are also available at your local dollar store.

Peanut Butter u0026amp; Jelly Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

  • 1/2 c sugar (+ 1/4 c for decorating, if using)
  • 1/2 c packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c shortening
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ c flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • gourmet jam or jelly
  • ½ c finely chopped nuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F
  2. Cream sugars, shortening, egg and peanut butter until fluffy. (Will become a lighter color.)
  3. Blend flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl or sifter. Gradually add to creamed mixture, beating until blended.
  4. Scoop dough and roll into ¾” smooth ball, then roll in sugar or nuts (optional) and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet. (Dough will double in size while cooking, so keep small.)
  5. Press center of each ball with your thumb to leave an indentation. (This is not a hole in the center. It is a little crater to hold the jam, with a rim all around the edge.)
  6. Spoon a small amount of jam, jelly or fruit preserves in the indentation. Keep it level with the rim of the cookie you created.
  7. Bake for 8 minutes or until set with the edges barely browning.
  8. Let them cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then lift onto rack to cool completely.
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