These Jelly Filled Peanut Butter Cookies are a nostalgic combination of flavors that taste fantastic!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
The inspiration for these jelly-filled wonders came to me the old-fashioned way, meaning I tasted an incredibly tasty and soft peanut butter thumbprint cookie at a local bakery, then tried to recreate it at home. Oh the trials of being a food blogger 🙂
Peanut butter and jelly is such an obvious combo, and so common you might not think it’s all that special. Maybe you don’t expect much, even.
Here’s some good reasons to try this recipe:
- Chopped peanuts are added to the batter. This makes a huge difference in the flavor, which is outstanding.
- The chopped peanuts also add a wonderful crunchy texture
- These cookies are amazing even without the jelly or jam.
- Use almost any type of jelly or jam that you’d like with these cookies. Berry flavors work well with peanut butter, and so does apricot.
- These cookies taste amazing, they’re big, soft and have a distinct peanut butter flavor. I was blown away with how good they are!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Peanuts: Roasted and salted, this is what adds such great flavor and texture to these cookies
- Flour: Just good old all-purpose flour is what we need
- Butter: Unsalted
- Brown Sugar: For soft texture and flavor
- Eggs: Large is best
- Peanut Butter: Smooth and salted, please
For the full recipe, just scroll down to the recipe card below.
This is an easy cookie! Here’s all you do:
- Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet (cookie sheet) with parchment paper (or a non-stick Silpat liner)
- Chop some roasted and salted peanuts into chunky bits.
- Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl and combine.
- Add the wet ingredients to the bowl and mix.
- Stir in the chopped peanuts.
- Chill the cookies, then scoop onto the prepared baking sheet
- Bake, then then remove from oven and use the back of a spoon to make an indentation in the middle of each cookie.
- Cool completely, then fill with jelly or jam.
Tips For This Recipe
- Use any fruit jelly, spread or jam you like in these cookies. Experiment with your favorite flavors. Favorites for this type of cookie are raspberry, apricot, cherry and blueberry.
- Use a stand mixer instead of an electric hand-held mixer if you prefer.
- These cookies will stay soft in an air-tight container for a day or two.
Make these cookies for:
- Cookie exchanges
- Cookouts & BBQ’s
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Make the dough and freeze it (well-wrapped) for up to 60 days. When you’re ready to use, defrost, shape, bake and fill the cookies
More Recipes to Try:
- Fresh Tangerine Sorbet: Juicy and fresh tasting, just like the real thing!
- Jam Pies: Small and fun, these little pies are the best!
- Lemon Shortbread Cookie: A soft, lemon scented shortbread…delicious!
- Mini Strawberry Pies Recipe: These little pies are made easy with store bought sugar cookie dough!
- Ice Cream Cake with Peanut Butter Ganache: This is a wonderful, make-ahead dessert!
- White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: These homemade peanut butter cups are so delicious!
- Peanut Noodles with Vegetables: A very good, flavorful side dish!
- Butterscotch Shortbread Cookies: A wonderful version of shortbread!
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Jelly Filled Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 cup Peanuts, roasted and salted chopped into small chunks in a food processor or cut into small pieces with a sharp knife
- 2 cups Flour, unbleached all-purpose
- ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup Butter, unsalted, melted and cooled 2 sticks
- 1 cup Brown Sugar, light brown, packed
- 1 cup Sugar, granulated
- 2 Eggs, large
- 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Peanut Butter, smooth
- ½ cup Jam, best quality
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper
- Chop the peanuts in a food processor or with a sharp knife until they are in smaller pieces
- Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized bowlWhisk together to combine.
- Combine the cooled melted butter, the brown sugar and the white sugar in a large bowl, mix until smooth on medium speed a hand mixer.
- Add the eggs, vanilla and peanut butter to the butter/sugar mixture and beat until smooth.
- Stir the flour mixture into the butter/sugar mixture in two steps just until combined.
- Stir in the chopped peanuts until combined
- Refrigerate the dough in the bowl for at least 10 minutes and up to 6 hours to firm up before baking.
- Scoop a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it into a ball with your hands, then place it on the cookie sheet, placing each cookie at least 3 inches apart from each other.
- Bake the cookies until very lightly colored, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and while the cookies are warm, use the back of a spoon to gently make a small indentation in the middle of each cookie. This is where the jam will go later.
- Cool the cookies completely, then add about one teaspoon of jam into each indentation.
- Use any fruit jelly, spread or jam you like in these cookies!
- You can use a stand mixer instead of a hand-held mixer if you prefer
- Super important to read the whole recipe before you begin
- Pay attention to the ingredient list and photos for the recipe
- If possible, prep your ingredients a little before you start
- Always use a sharp knife for safety
- Use the size of pan called for in the recipe
- For savory recipes, taste and season as you go
- Buy fresh, organic ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible
This post was updated in 2022, and below is the original text:
It’s very early on Saturday morning and it’s going to be another soggy, cold day. It rained hard all night, and the forecast for today is gray, gray, and then later on more grayness.
I’m happy to report there’s a container of peanut butter cookie dough in the freezer, shaped into tablespoon-sized portions. Good news, since I happen to looooove gloomy weather. They’ll be ready for my mouth in about 18 minutes when I bake them straight from the freezer.
Rainy day + warm homemade Peanut Butter and Jam Cookies + mug of cinnamon rose tea + new season of Better Call Saul = pure joy and complete happiness. Add in euphoria and massive delightful wonderfulness if you’ve got a warm fireplace going and two fuzzy dogs handy 🙂
Rainy Saturday’s don’t get any better than this. Of course there are floors to be swept, socks to be sorted and sheets to wash, but why? The best idea ever is to take the whole day off for a change.
You have my permission, if you need it 🙂
The base is a very good peanut butter cookie in its own right—boosted in flavor with chopped roasted peanuts. You can make an indentation before the cookies bake or after—I tried both ways and either works. When they are cool, add a teaspoon of jam or jelly.