Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies are like eating your favorite sandwich as a kid (maybe it still is), yet replacing the bread with a cookie. Fill your child's (or yours) lunchbox with these goodies and you will be the most popular parent amongst your girl or boy's school friends.
I used my basic peanut butter cookie recipe, indented the center of each and filled with grape jelly. You may use any kind of jelly, jam or preserves - whatever you like best!
Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened, 1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 eggs, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup favorite jam, jelly or preserves.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In mixing bowl, beat butter and peanut butter together; add sugars and continue beating. Add vanilla and eggs and combine. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt over bowl and mix thoroughly. Scraping up a tablespoonful of dough with spoon, roll into a ball with fingers and place on ungreased baking sheets. Make an indention in the center of each cookie with your thumb or finger. Fill the hole with a small amount of jelly (jam or preserves). Toss into a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 9-10 minutes or until cookies are slightly browned. Remove from oven; allow to cool on sheet for a minute or two, then transfer to cooling racks.
You could also top the cookies with a few chopped peanuts before baking, if desired.
Makes about 5 dozen 3 inch cookies.