peanut butter & jelly cookies

May 24th, 2019

Sometimes, I think a recipe just chooses you. 

After more than three years of posting recipes on this site, sometimes it feels like I’ve made all the dishes I could possibly think of wanting.  This happens in particular with desserts (maybe because they’re my favorite thing to cook), and especially when I find myself trying to brainstorm ways to come up with a cookie that I haven’t already posted. 

Because there’s something so lovely about cookies.  They’re probably the first thing you remember baking, no?  Whether they were from scratch with your mom or from a mix at your friend’s house, for most people, cookies are the first taste of baking they get.

But I think partly because of that, cookies can sometimes seem unsophisticated.  If you could make them at nine years old, can they really be enough of a challenge to, say, serve at a party?  You’ll notice they’re almost never on restaurant menus.  That’s because cookies are a basic, and sometimes basics feel like the lazy choice.

So when I was thinking about new, exciting cookie recipes, I thought of one of my favorite flavor combinations: peanut butter and jelly.  Peanut butter cookies are beyond easy — the kind of recipe a nine-year-old could happily master.  But this sweet, smooth jelly filling adds so much to these cookies beyond just the basics — they’re interesting, new, and totally delicious.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 egg
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup grape jelly
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
1 tbsp heavy cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine peanut butter, 1 cup confectioners sugar, salt and and egg, and drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool.

Whisk together the grape jelly, 1/3 cup confectioners sugar and heavy cream until the consistency is even (use an electric mixer if you have one — this takes some time).

Place a spoonful of jelly mixture in between two peanut butter cookies, and press together.  Repeat to create sandwich cookies for all the remaining cookies.

Tags: desserts · food

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pili // May 23, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Ooooh, they sound so yummy!

  • 2 katie // May 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    i love this idea! Peanut butter is literally one of my favourite foodstuffs (i often take a forkful straight from the jar if i’m hanging around the kitchen waiting for dinner to cook) – i’ve never actually tried making peanut butter cookies though. & jelly? perfect!

    Katie x

  • 3 Joanne // May 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Peanut butter recipes always seem to choose me also…at least that’s what I tell myself when I devour whole batches.  These look amazing!

  • 4 Nora @ Natural Noshing // May 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I just made a batch of peanut butter cookies just like this sans the jelly – I am a PB addict, love the stuff! The cookies look delish!!!

  • 5 John Valenty // May 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Those look sooo good. Peanut butter cookies are amazing on their own, but with a grape jelly filling? I will have to try this!

  • 6 katy // May 31, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    They were so good!  Didn’t even last the weekend!

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