March 22, 2006

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies

These are AMAZING cookies! Look at how gorgeous they are with a little frosting:





Ugh. I could just die. They are a perfect balance of soft peanut butter cookie - a splash of jam (jam doesn't really splash per se, I know) and an amazing peanut butter frosting that is out of this world. They are..YUM-O and I don't care who knows it.




PB & J Cookies
Makes 20-25 cookies



1/2 c. AP flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1/4 c. unsalted butter, room temp.
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 egg
Strawberry Jam
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. milk



1. Preheat oven to 350 f degrees. In a small bowl, stir together flour and baking powder. Set aside.


2. In the bowl of your mixer, blend 3/4 of the peanut butter with the room temperature butter on medium speed. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat till smooth, approx. 5 minutes. Beat in the egg until incorporated. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined.


3. Using a small ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop the dough 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookies sheets. Using your thumb, gently dent the center of the cookies. Spoon 1/2 tsp. of the strawberry jelly into each center. Bake until lightly golden, about 12 minutes. Remove to a cookie rack and cool.

4. In a small bowl, beat together the remaining 1/4 cup of peanut butter and the confectioners' sugar. With a fork or whisk, stir mixture while adding the milk, a little at a time, until the frosting reaches a good consistency for piping. Using a resealable bag with a tiny corner cut off, pipe the frosting over the cookies.
Recipe courtesy of Everyday With Rachel Ray.