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Peanut butter & jelly cookies

It has been a gloomy week here in Minnesota. Lots of low, thick clouds that cause Elijah to constantly ask me if it is night-time. This winter has been uniquely and awesomely warm, minus a handful of cold and snowy days, so I'm not complaining about the gloom. Last year at this time I had icicles hanging from my frozen body that I thought would never melt. We Minnesotans are tough, but I don't know that we could survive two of those winters in a row. We would be forced to flee, like those being chased by "walkers" on The Walking Dead. Have you seen this show? It is grossly intriguiging and addictive! I highly recommend it.

And how does all of this relate to PB&J cookies? I HAVE NO IDEA (insert crazy laughter)! Cookies! Cookies cookies cookies! I have been dreaming up these babies for a good month and a half. Sometimes when I think too long and hard about a recipe the final product dissapoints. This one did not dissapoint. They were every bit as delicious as I dreamed them to be back in that meeting in December. 

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. 

In a medium bowl, combine:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine:

1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

With a hand-held mixer, beat the mixture on medium speed until just combined. Add 1 egg and beat until incorporated. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix until combined.

Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into balls with your hands. Place them onto ungreased baking sheets and press into the center of each cookie with your thumb to create a divot. 

In each divot, place 1/2 teaspoon of jelly and 1/2 teaspoon of creamy peanut butter.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Let cool.

Pour yourself a nice big glass of milk and enjoy!

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (9)

Boy howdy! This is why I wish I could hug your brain :) Delicious PB&J cookies. And I'm so glad that mound of snow isn't taunting you again this year...

02.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

These are delicious! But ~ be sure to actually use a tablespoon for measuring....if the cookie is too small, the jelly just runs out all over the cookie sheet. And - I would recommend not using a 1/2 tsp of jelly --- I used less than that. One more thing.....put the jelly in the "divot" first....

03.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBillie

While the flavor of these were great, mine were not a success. the jelly disappeared into the cookies and the penut butter just stayed in a lump, nothing like your cookies. for batchces after the first, i left off the peanut butter and elly and added it after they were cookes, good, but I wish they worked like yours!

03.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Great recipes ! Easy and my new favorite peanut butter cookie recipe ..

03.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

I am in LOVE with these cookies. My hubby was trying to eat a little healthier and so refused to eat any...for about 2 days. Then, he tried one...and followed it up with 9 more. Yup, he had 10 in one day! Just goes to show how amazing they are!

03.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrina

These look so great, but unfortunately mine were a complete fail. I think that I put too much peanut butter in the batter and I may have put too much jelly on my cookies because they were kind of soggy. I will not be defeated though; I will try them again.

05.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Johnson

i've seen a lot of pb and j cookies but this is the best!

I didn't end up with the pretty wells but they were delish!

12.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSouthDakotaCooks

Good recipe! I used regular shortening
And light brown sugar because that's
what I already had on hand. They turned
out great! Thanks for the recipe!

03.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

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