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Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

This Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint recipe is a show-stopper. It’s the best of all worlds. The tasty peanut butter cookie and Briana’s Homemade Sangria Jelly. It all comes together for the best cookie craving. They look beautiful and taste delicious!


peanut butter jelly thumbprint cookies


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup jam (we like Homemade Sangria Jelly)

How to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Beat peanut butter and butter with a mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  4. Add sugars, and beat until pale and fluffy.
  5. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until incorporated.
  6. Reduce speed to low.
  7. Add dry ingredients, and mix until combined.
  8. Scoop level tablespoons of dough and form into balls.
  9. Roll each ball in granulated sugar, and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart.
  10. Bake until cookies is puffy, about 10 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven, and make indentations in centers by pressing with the handle end of a wooden spoon.
  12. Return to oven, and bake until edges are golden, 6 to 7 minutes more.
  13. Transfer sheets to wire racks and let cool completely.
  14. Heat jam in a small saucepan, stirring, until loosened, about 30 seconds.
  15. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon into each indentation.
  16. Cookies can be stored in a single layer for up to 1 week.


About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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