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peanut butter & jelly cookies

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.