MAKE PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY THUMBPRINT COOKIES FOR SANTA

Super rich and DELICIOUS peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies are a must make for the holidays.

peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies on a black dish

Leave them out for Santa, with a tall glass of milk, and your house will be his favorite stop.

The real truth is, that once you make a batch of these amazing cookies, you’ll be making them all throughout the year.

What Are Peanut Butter And Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies are a twist on the more commonly known classic thumbprint cookie.

The classic thumbprint cookie is a buttery cookie with a jam filled indent on the top. They are pretty great.

But making this same cookie with a peanut butter based batter puts them over the top. After all, peanut butter and jelly belong together right?!?!

And that’s what a peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookie is … it’s a classic thumbprint cookie amped up. It’s made with a peanut butter based cookie batter and topped with your favorite jelly.

Sooooooo good! So very, very good!

Ingredients Needed For This Recipe

You will need quite a few ingredients to make peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies.

ingredients for a recipe on a slate board on a counter

But, if you’re a peanut butter and jelly fan, you likely have all of them on hand.

Here’s a list of ingredients for you to use to make sure you have what you need to make this recipe …

  • PEANUT BUTTER – The ingredients in the peanut butter should be simply peanuts and salt. Nothing more than that.
  • BUTTER – I use salted butter for my cookies.
  • SUGAR – Plain white sugar is used in this recipe.
  • BROWN SUGAR – Light brown sugar is used in this recipe.
  • VANILLA EXTRACT – 100% natural vanilla extract is preferred.
  • EGG – Farm fresh eggs are preferred, organic if possible.
  • FLOUR – All-purpose white flour is used for these cookies.
  • BAKING SODA – Fresh baking soda is used to make this recipe.
  • SALT – A good quality salt is preferred. I use real salt.
  • JELLY – Strawberry jelly was used to make the cookies for this post. You can use any flavor you like. I like to use pure fruit spread as a rule.

How To Make Peanut Butter And Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

It’s very easy to make peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies. Simply place the peanut butter and softened butter in a large mixing bowl and blend well with a hand mixer.

Then add the sugar and the brown sugar and blend again until creamy.

mixing ingredients for a recipe with a hand mixer

Add the vanilla extract and the egg and blend again. Set the bowl aside.

blending an egg into batter with a hand mixer

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

mixing ingredients in a bowl with a whisk

Fold the flour mixture into the peanut butter mixture by hand and in increments. Do not overmix.

cookie batter in a mixing bowl with a spatula

Scoop the mixture with a cookie scoop and roll it into balls. Place the balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

cookie dough rolled into balls on a baking sheet

Remove from the oven and use the backside of a measuring spoon to make an indent in the top of the cookies.

placing an indent in the top of a cookie with a spoon

Lightly heat some jelly, and use it to fill the indents. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.

filling peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies with a squeeze bottle

Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheet pan for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies cooling on a wire rack

Lightly heat some peanut butter and use it to top the cookies before you serve them.

topping peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies with a squeeze bottle

Variations For This Recipe

I really only know one way to make variations of this peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies recipe.

And that is to swap out the filling on the top. Any flavor jelly can be used to do this. Or you can use a chocolate or marshmallow filling, if you prefer.

You can even skip making the indent in the cookie and push a chocolate kiss, mini peanut butter cup, or rolo into the top instead.

How To Serve Peanut Butter And Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies can be served just as they are, no bells and whistles needed.

peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies being served on a plate

However, as a heads up for you, these cookies are super rich. So, they are best served with a tall glass of milk.

If milk isn’t your thing, you can try some coffee or tea. Really any beverage of your choice will work. But, if you don’t mind, I’m going to stick to milk over here.

In my opinion, it’s the very best way to go!

How To Store These Cookies

Peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies can be stored nicely in an airtight container.

close up of peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies on a plate

They will last for about 2 weeks this way. Just note that they don’t stack well.

The jelly and the peanut butter drizzle will stick to the bottom of the cookies layered on top of them. Leaving the bottom layer of cookies without their toppings. Not good.

They really need to be stored in a single layer. It’s inconvenient, that’s true. But they’re not going to be around very long anyway. Promise.

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peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies on a black dish
Yield: 18 COOKIES

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY THUMBPRINT COOKIES

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A rich and DELICIOUS twist on the classic thumbprint cookie. Made with a peanut butter based batter and your favorite jelly flavor.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c peanut butter (peanuts and salt only), + extra for drizzle
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c jelly (your favorite flavor)

Instructions

  1. Blend peanut butter and butter in a large mixing bowl until creamy.
  2. Add sugar and brown sugar and blend well.
  3. Add vanilla extract and egg and blend well again. Set aside.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together well.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture in increments. Folding in with a spatula between each addition.
  6. Do not overmix.
  7. Use a cookie scoop to scoop mixture - about 2 tablespoons each.
  8. Shape each scoop into balls and place on a parchment lined sheet pan.
  9. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven.
  11. Use the backside of a measuring spoon to make an indent in each cookie.
  12. Lightly heat the jelly and use it to fill the indent on the top of each cookie.
  13. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  14. Allow to rest on sheet pan for 5 minutes.
  15. Remove cookies from sheet pan and place them on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  16. Lightly heat some peanut butter and drizzle it over the top of the cookies before serving.
  17. Serve,
  18. ENJOY every bite!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 233mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 4g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 12/7/2023. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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