Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Shortbread Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Shortbread Cookies

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"These are just like the shortbread and jam cookies you know, but with the taste of peanut butter and grape jelly."

Ingredients 35 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 120 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 120 kcal
  • 6%
  • Fat:
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 12.8g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 53 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C); line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth; add the vanilla and continue to beat. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and arrange on prepared baking sheets. Make a small hole in the center of each ball, using your thumb and finger; fill the holes with grape jam.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 14 minutes; allow to cool on baking sheet for 1 minute.
  4. Put the peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl, and cook in a microwave oven until soft for 10 - 30 seconds, checking every 10 seconds. Be careful not to overheat the peanut butter; do not let it bubble. Stir the vegetable oil through the heated peanut butter; drizzle over the warm cookies.
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  1. 32 Ratings


Loved these. Not only are they quick and easy, but they are not overly sweet. My daughter was excited to help with these, especially since she loves PB&J. We used strawberry rhubarb preserves, and did not add the vegetable oil to the peanut butter. If it's heated, it becomes easy enough to drizzle without the oil. Thanks for a fun, great recipe! *Here's a tip to get them to look like my photo--Instead of using my thumb to make the indentation, I use a 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon. Press it in the center, and you'll get a perfect spot to place your jam or jelly.


I have been a faithful visitor to this site for years, I love this resource. But I confess that it wasnt until tonight, after making this recipe that I was motivated to join. I HAD to write a review. These are simply the BEST cookies I ever had!!! And btw, my 5 children all agree, now THAT is an event!


My head reviewer (husband) calls them "thick" and required milk to wash down the cookies--which he says is a good thing. He tried the shortbread with grape jelly and a dollop of peanut butter. The cook (me) reports they are very easy to make, didn't stick to the silpat, and held their shape well. All around winner!