Thursday, December 16, 2021

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies #Christmas @LucyBurdette #giveaway

LUCY BURDETTE: I have a giveaway today--scroll to the bottom of the recipe for the details! Now on to the cookies...

I can’t remember quite where I got the idea for these cookies, but my mind latched onto it instantly. I thought they’d be a nice addition to the cookie plate during the holidays. I’d made and liked peanut butter blossom cookies, and I thought the same recipe could be used as the basis for these. I chose raspberry jelly, though I think jam with seeds would be even better. You can use whatever you and your family prefer!

The base of the cookies is adapted from the New York Times. 


1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

8 Tbsp (1 stick) butter, at room temperature

½ cup smooth peanut butter 

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Raspberry or other favorite jam/jelly

Sparkle sugar for rolling

Preheat the oven to 375. Prepare two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and set that aside.

In a bigger bowl, beat the butter, the peanut butter and the two sugars together until smooth. Beat in the egg, the milk, and the vanilla.

Gradually beat in the bowl of dry ingredients without over mixing. 

Form spoonfuls of the batter into balls, roll them in the sparkling sugar, and set them on the baking sheets. (These cookies don’t spread out much while baking.) (Bad picture, but I kept forgetting--at lease you can see my pretty blue oven!)

Bake for five minutes, then remove the pans. Make an impression in each cookie with the back of a spoon and fill with jelly. 

Return the pans to the oven for another five minutes or so until browning and puffed.

Cool and enjoy! And because it's the holiday season, I have a free code for an audiobook copy of UNSAFE HAVEN. Leave a comment about your favorite cookie to be entered in the drawing!

Lucy Burdette writes the popular Key West food critic mysteries, including the latest, A SCONE OF CONTENTION. Her first thriller, Unsafe Haven, was published this month.

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  1. I like the idea of PB and J cookies. What happens if you add the jelly before baking? I imagine it dries out a bit. The favorite Christmas cookie in our house is something we call Christmas biscotto. It is a vanilla bicotti with pistachios (for green), dried cranberries (for redO and white chocolate chips. My husband does not like them crunchy, so I save an "untoasted" batch for him. LRJ

    1. I think you're right, the jelly would dry out a bit. your biscotto sounds delish!

  2. Your picture card technique is great. And then further down we get to see the original. Clever you!
    These sound like a ground up's PBJ, but tasty for all ages.

  3. I love the idea of these cookies, Lucy! And the Christmas trees on your shirt! Merry and Happy. Hugs. MJ

  4. What a clever idea! A favorite cookie is thumbprint cookies with raspberry jam. So this will be the new version. Love peanut butter cookies, with a twist. Yum

  5. Unfortunately, at this time of year all cookies seem to be my favorite. I am especially partial to one bowl brownie cookies, as is my family, so have to get my share first, ha ha! This sounds like another good addition to our cookie plate. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I love these kinds of cookies with jam, and also the similar one's with chocolate kisses! But my favorite cookies in all the world are French macarons!

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  7. "MERRY EVERYTHING & HAPPY ALWAYS" says my neighbor's cookie gift bag.
    Each ziplock festively labeled: Gingerbread Biscotti, Linzer Cookies (raspberry), Seven Layer Magic Bars, Anisette Cookies, Sugar Cookies. All delicious, love in every bite, and the Magic ones might be my favorites. <3

  8. I like sooo many different cookies! But I think my fave is still Mexican Wedding Cookies, aka Pecan Frosties. Full of pecans and rolled in powdered sugar, yum! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  9. My favorite Christmas cookie is a walnut sugar cookie that my Mom used to make.

  10. Pretty much every Christmas cookie is my favorite -- and I predict that these will become favorites in a lot of MLK reader households very soon!

  11. Peanut Blossoms or buckeyes. Peanut butter and chocolate can’t be beat.

  12. My favorite is gingerbread cookies.

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