Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

When I was thinking of things to bake for Valentine’s Day, these cookies immediately came to mind (along with a hundred other recipes I’ve pinned on Pinterest). I asked my mom for the recipe and was so surprised how simple they were to make. Usually we just do a thumbprint in the center when we bake them for Christmas, but instead, I did a heart. You can fill them with any kind of jam you have on hand- strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, etc.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

No ratings yet
Pin Rate
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 6 mins
Cook Time: 14 mins
Cool Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 152kcal
Print Recipe


  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup jam


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine shortening, peanut butter and sugar. Beat until creamy.
  • Add vanilla, salt and egg. Mix until combined. Then, with speed on low, gradually add flour until incorporated (the dough will become thick).
  • Using a standard cookie scoop, create a ball of dough. Using your thumb or a spoon, press a deep circle into the center of the cookie. Place on an ungreased sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, until cookies are golden brown (they will look like they are cracking but once they come out of the oven they usually sink and the cracks disappear).
  • Remove from oven, gently/carefully press down the center if it has become shallow. Transfer immediately to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, using a small spoon, fill with jam.


Serving: 24g | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Like this Recipe?

Pin it now!

Pin It Now0Pin It Now0

Shop Online

Lil' Luna Products

See All Products

Want more inspiration?

More Recipes You'll Love

Jalapeño Popper Soup

Total Time: 30 minutes
4.67 from 3 votes

Tomato Bisque

Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 3 votes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 5 votes

About the Author


Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

Join the Conversation

Rate and Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. I’ve never thought of making peanut butter thumbprints before. I don’t know why… PB & J go so well together, and these are just so cute! My kids would be thrilled to find these in their sack lunches!