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

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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
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  • 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

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  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!