Cookies get so much love around Christmastime and I'm all for it so I couldn't stop at sharing just one cookie recipe this season. These were inspired by childhood memories in the kitchen with my mom, making more cookies than Santa could ever eat. I wanted to provide a bit of an alternative to my candy cane cookies, which clearly scream "Christmas!" These PB&J thumbprint cookies are not necessarily tied to any one season or holiday, so you can enjoy them year-round. Nobody will complain if you whip them up for Christmas Eve, though.
The ingredients are also super simple. I just used plain ol' peanut butter, other typical cookie components, and strawberry jam. Feel free to use the jam, jelly, or preserves flavor of your choosing. These are quick to make and would make a great family activity for when little (or even not-so-little) ones are home for the holidays. You can set up an assembly line of sorts from the dough-mixing to the thumb-printing to the jelly spooning if you want!
A friend of mine referred to these as an "instant kid favorite" but I enjoy them as an adult, too. 🙂 If you like these cookies, you might also want to try the spiced peanut butter cookies I made for my mom or my PB&J smoothie bowl!
What are you baking for the holidays? I'd love to know below in the comments section. Thanks for reading!
PB&J Thumbprint Cookies
- ½ cup peanut butter plus 1 tablespoon
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ½ cup flour
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- jelly or jam
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly mix butter, peanut butter, egg yolk, brown sugar, and vanilla in one bowl.
- Mix flour and sea salt in another. Combine and mix well until a dough forms.
- Roll dough into balls about two inches in diameter. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press the center of each ball with your thumb to create a crater for the jelly.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Spoon jelly into center of each cookie while still warm. Alternatively, you can add the jelly to the cookies before baking. Just be sure to keep an eye on them so they don't burn.
Madison Weaver says
Yumm!!? I just might have to make these for Christmas Day! Thanks for sharing!
Momma To Go says
That actually looks easy enough for even a horrible baker like myself could do!
These are so easy and delicious, i will surely be trying these ??
I'm just starting to learn to bake and I had no idea it really meant you use your thumb for these! Can't wait to give these a try!
Yes, that's part of what makes them so easy and fun! Best wishes on your baking journey. Thanks for reading!
Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary says
These are my favorite! SO yummy!
xo, Amanda | http://www.thegoldengirldiary.com
The hungry homemaker says
I love thumbprint cookies! They're such a classic. I love the idea of doing peanut butter and jelly!
Yum! These looked just as much fun to make as they would be to eat. I love PB&J sandwiches and this takes all those flavors to the next level.
omg yum! look super easy and thumbprint cookies are a classic!
Great idea! PB&J for the win, you cannot go wrong with this combo. These would be really fun to make with kiddos and the entire family.
Agreed! They're really easy to make and interactive. Thanks for stopping by!
Oooo yum! I make a similar cookie with jam in the middle, but the peanut butter looks like it would be really good!
Yum! My kids would probably try to eat these for lunch 🙂
Lol, I probably would have too back in the day! Thanks for stopping by!
Brittany Comeaux says
I've got to try these for my son he will LOVE them. He basically lives off of PB&J.
Yes, they'd be perfect. Thanks for reading!
I loveeeee PB &J! I totally would try these cookies! 🙂