Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
I work customer service for an online retail store that sells switch plates and wall switches. You know when there is a phone number on a website to call if you have questions or want to place an order? I’m that girl on the other end of the line answering the phone.
You would never guess it looking at this 28 year old blonde California girl, but I can answer just about any question you have about switch plates or switches. Not exactly the most useful knowledge, but I work in the front office with my mom and sister and it is just about the most fun ever.
I take calls from people calling from all over the country, and I’m often wondering who they are and what they look like.
Sometimes they call with silly questions. “I want this switch plate you have, but it’s pictured with the toggle switch on the left and the outlet on the right. I need mine to be the opposite of that.” I’ve gotten asked this questions about 1,000 times, and my answer is always the same, “Then you’ll just rotate the plate to get that layout. Depending on how you’re holding the plate, the outlet can be on the right or the left.” The customer usually feels silly then and goes, “Oh ya…I sure feel dumb.”
Sometimes they’re in a bad mood and not very nice on the phone and say mean things. During these types of calls I have to remind myself that this person is just having a bad day, and this has nothing to do with me. Makes it easier not to let it affect me. I am now the master of letting negative things like that just roll right off me. The saying “You attract more bees with honey than vinegar” is very true. If you call and are very nice and sweet, I’ll do everything in my power to help you. If you you’re nasty…not so much.
My favorite is when I get a calls from nice old men from the south. They’ll ask me about my day, and tell me about theirs. And they always want to know what the weather is like here in California, and then go on to tell me what the weather is like where he lives. I’ll think about how finding this switch plate was on this mans to do list for the day, with probably only 1 or 2 other things, and he has all the time in the world to chit chat.
The opposite is true when I talk to people on the west coast. They’re very concise and quick on the phone, can ask their question in 2 sentences or less, then pop right back off the phone. Now those are people with long to do lists.
While people from different parts of the country have different phone mannerisms, one thing we all have in common is our nationwide love of peanut butter and jelly.
These peanut butter and jelly cookies are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. If you love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, just wait until you try peanut butter and jelly cookies. It’s your favorite childhood lunch in cookie form.
The peanut butter and jelly cookies are rolled in sugar, baked half way, then taken out and given a thumbprint indentation right in the middle, baked until crispy and golden brown, then filled with your favorite jelly. I used raspberry, but you could use any jelly you have on hand.
Treat yourself to at least 2 peanut butter and jelly cookies, along with a glass of milk.
And be nice to your customer service person on the phone, *wink*.
Peanut Butter and Jelly 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*
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, beat the peanut butter and butter at medium speed until smooth. Add sugars, and beat until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low, then add dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
- Scoop level tablespoons of dough, roll into balls, then roll each ball in granulated sugar. Arrange the cookies 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the under baked cookies from oven to make an indentation in centers by pressing with the handle end of a wooden spoon. Return to oven, and bake until edges are golden, 6 to 7 minutes more. Transfer sheets to wire racks, and let cool completely.
- In a small microwave safe bowl, microwave the jam on high for 45 seconds, or until loosened and easy to spoon. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of jam into each cookie indentation.
- Will keep in an airtight container for 1 week.
45 Comments on “Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies”
These are the best peanut butter and jelly cookies I’ve made and I’ve made them many times. Everyone always loves them. They are tender and delicious and easy to make.
Thank you so much! I am so glad you love these cookies. This totally made my day!
Oh my goodness, these are soo yummy! I didn’t have light brown sugar, so used dark (demererra); also used sea salt, and filled with my Dad’s homemade very berry (hand-picked wild blueberry-huckleberry) jam.
Rolling in the granulated sugar, as well as the awesome ‘crackled’ effect from baking, gives these cookies a wonderful ‘extra’ flavor and texture!
I used a cookie scoop rather than a measuring spoon, so mine may have been a little bigger, as the recipe produced about 32 for me, rather than 40 as stated. But that was a plus: the larger ones turned out beautifully moist!
Timing seemed to be bang-on for my larger cookies, and my preference for moistness… so depending on size, and whether you prefer moist or crunchier, I would recommend keeping a close eye during the last 1-2 minutes of baking. Indenting (for the jam well, part way through baking) spreads the dough at the edges (the crackle effect), so the edges seem to cook quite fast after indenting.
An enthusiastic 5* — I will be making these again for sure!
I am so happy you liked my cookies Corina! I absolutely loved all the tips you shared! Your homemade jam sounds fantastic! Thank you so much for the feedback, I really appreciate it!
I don’t normally like any recipe that includes peanut butter, but this cookie is so delicious, I think I may have eaten more than the rest of my family combined. To be honest, When it got down to the last few cookies…actually was caught hoarding them.
I’m so happy to hear you liked it! Thank you so much! You just made my day!
Love, love, love this recipe!! Today one of my co workers wondered if there was a PBJ cookie recipe, and I came upon this one, and I am anxious to give it a try! I see from the photo that you use raspberry jam..have you used any other jams, and if you did, which would you recommend for this recipe? Have you used grape jam with this recipe? Thanks so much! I am a new fan!! :D
Thanks Rhonda! I did use raspberry jam! It is my favorite. But any jam would work. Grape would be delicious! Glad to have you as a reader and fellow cook : )
These cookies look perfect. And it’s like you know my PB&J preference. Raspberry’s my go-to jelly with peanut butter. Can’t get enough of that tasty combo.
I bet you have an interesting job! I think I would image where people are from and what they look like, too. Working in customer service definitely helps you learn to let things roll off your back.
Oh my holy heavens. This is so simple!!! Why don’t I eat these every time I want a pb&j? I mean it’s about the same calories right? I’ve come to view pb&js as dessert (I mean let’s be real) but that doesn’t stop me from eating them for lunch whenever I make them for my kiddos. :) Amazing idea Natalie!! I love that the old southern men are the nicest ones. That is so cute. I’m going to ask my next customer service person about the weather.
I always love a good thumbprint cookie! And pretty photos!
Oh, I’m glad you didn’t mention people from the northeast. Not much chit chat around Boston. It may come off as rude, but I like how you put it “those are people with long to do lists”. Haha that’s what I’m going with from now on. These look so fun and simple, I bet the kids would love them. Yum!
Oh my god these are my dream cookies. I seriously can’t even imagine how delicious they must of tasted. Nothing better than good old PB&J’s!
You sure have a nice job hehe ;-)
And the love for PB+Jelly must be a worldwide thing, because I’m from Spain and I love this combo as well. Can I have a dozen of these cookies right now? xx
Classic PB&J in a cookie version :) Gotta luv it AND my boyfriend would go crazy over these!
I love PB&J – I’ve been putting it on my ice cream for years…is that a flavor you can buy? I recently saw a recipe for PB&J cake in Country Cooking and someday….someday…
p.s. saw your mayo trick on your Friday post – super funny and actually darn clever!
These cookies looks so irresistible, you made me craving for some at 11 pm :) Will definitely try it .
umm… YES. this is such a great idea Nat, I freakin’ love this!!! it’s kind of like a jelly donut meets a peanut butter cookie, and that’s one crazy amazing marriage
These are SOOOOOOOOO fun! I love a good thumbprint, and this is such a creative idea! Totally making these. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, girl!
These are some beautiful cookies! I could eat them right off my computer screen! Having worked in customer service for Verizon for years I can relate to your stories! You get a lot of abuse but talk to a lot nice people too.
I never knew what your job was! How fun it must be to work with your family. I liked that too working in real estate with my dad and brother. Hopefully will be back there one day :) and yay for a baked good on your blog! It looks like a winner!
Customer service is such a crazy job. You really have to be the kind of person that can just let things go. I’m great at pretending to be listening :D It’s funny to be on the opposite end too. I had to call to update our insurance. That lady wanted to talk forever. By the time we hung up I knew lots about her. Haha
These cookies look delicious! I am loving that raspberry jam :D
That’s too funny, my step-dad is the same way. He can talk to anyone for hours about nothing and always ends up confusing the customer service reps with his ramblings haha.
And these cookies – oh my! They look amazing – nothing beats the sweet and salty combo of PB&J :)
These cookies are genius! Peanut butter and jelly in cookie form? I’m in love! Now I need an excuse to go bake these.
By the way I’m from the South and yes they love to talk! Too funny.